Nail Salon Uses Live Fish in “Aquarium” Manicure, Video Sparks Outrage Online
In order to stand out from the crowd, people in the fashion industry can often come up with original options to grab attention. However, a Russian nail salon, in its attempt to come up with something unique, “crossed the line” and ended up drawing reviews online after using live fish in their recent nail art!
Yes, in one of their latest manicure and nail art video tutorials, Nail Sunny created a mini aquarium in an acrylic nail, in which they inserted real fish to display the tank they designed.
The clip started off on a normal note, as it showed a fingernail being prepared and coated in aqua blue and silver glitter polish. However, things got weird when a small fish was removed from a water tank and poured into the acrylic tank.
Dubbing the unique nail art as “The Aquarium”, they shared the video adding only “no fish were harmed”.
“Using animals as if they were nothing more than beauty accessories is sad and silly,” said PETA UK director Elisa Allen.
“There is no excuse for pulling sensitive fish out of their natural habitats and confining them to tiny man-made enclosures – let alone those attached to people’s fingernails,” Allen said, as quoted by Metro. According to the report, Allen said the facility must be reported to local authorities for animal cruelty. Calling for a full investigation, she added that their social media accounts must be suspended in the meantime.
Calling it animal abuse, many said they reported the clip and asked the salon to remove it. Others wondered what the point was in doing this, blaming the establishment for using innocent animals for entertainment.
As the backlash continued, the salon fought back and said the fish were not injured and were being returned to the pet store. However, people were not convinced and said the fish were stressed and came back traumatized and this still amounted to abuse. Others wondered if the fish lived after being used for manicures with many chemicals.
This isn’t the first time the nail salon has been embroiled in a controversy over its eccentric taste involving animals. In November 2020, they left people in dismay at attaching real shrimp heads to fingernails as part of another video tutorial. The video – which was later removed – showed a nail artist taking cooked shrimp, removing their heads and cleaning them with a toothpick before securing them with adhesive.
They had also previously received backlash from animal activists after filling hollow acrylic nails with live ants in 2018. Also at the time, the facility said the experiment was harmless. They shared another video to show the ants were released after the initial video was taken and claimed the ants were alive.
Over the years, many fashionistas have come up with wacky nail art, while some have used scallions or hair extensions to get creative, in Mexico people have previously been seen gluing real baby scorpions on. their fingernails.