Portrait of Annette Kellerman in Dance
Australian dancer and swimmer Annette Kellerman (1887-1975) gained international fame and a long-lasting place in American vaudeville scene as the "Siren of the Sea." Kellerman had to wear leg braces as a child, but as an adult she was known as both a health advocate and a sex symbol. While Kellerman's dancing was secondary to her swimming and diving feats, she nevertheless integrated dance into her shows, which often featured performers posing as water nymphs. In this photograph, an ethereal background and Kellerman's outlandish costume, reminiscent of a sea creature, add movement and mystery to her poised form.