Her bold design represented a shift that is revolutionary on-screen depictions of self-confidence. Until it did not.
In all its captivating chaos, the 2nd period of Euphoria left us with additional concerns than responses. The HBO show consistently found new, creative and disturbing ways to portray teens getting up to no good from graphic drug abuse to messy love triangles. But for many fans, nothing proved harder to watch than the decline that is untimely of Hernandez, played by Barbie Ferreira.
For eight months, viewers witnessed each lineage from a bourgeoning star to a sidekick that is clumsy. And now, it’s been confirmed that she shall disappear completely through the show entirely.
“After four several years of getting to embody the absolute most unique and character that is enigmatic, I’m having to say a very teary-eyed goodbye,” Ferreira wrote via Instagram on August 24. “I hope many of you could see yourself in her you joy to see her journey into the character she is today.”But like I did and that brought “the character she is today” — and also the means she will be recalled after Ferreira’s exit — isn’t just what fans saw coming. For months, rumors have actually alleged behind-the-scenes tension between Ferreira and showrunner Sam Levinson, following the star apparently indicated dissatisfaction in Kat’s journey. And it’s really easy to realise why. in season two,
missed down on making Kat the key character she must have been.
She starts off season one with a teen that is modest comprising thin jeans, collared tops and circular eyeglasses. Because of the fatphobia she experienced growing up, she actually is timid and that is insecure as if she’s hiding behind her clothes.
Photography by Eddy Chen/HBO
But after a traumatizing experience that is sexual Kat undergoes a metamorphosis. She leans into her hypersexualization and starts being employed as an cam girl that is underage. Her outlook hardens, and so does her style. As such, she adopts a grunge that is gothic with fabric harnesses, fishnet stockings, dense chokers and bold red lipstick.
the woman rebellious improvement in design isn’t just a defense system but a means of channeling her newfound confidence that is fake-it-till-you-make-it. Kat learns to take up space, stand up her feel good for herself, and dress in a way that makes. It, “There’s nothing more powerful than a fat girl who doesn’t give af*ck.”Makeovers in film and TV usually see women transform into the archetypal beauty of the thin girl next door as she eloquently puts. By adopting a punk that is subversive and unapologetically adopting her human anatomy, Kat’s change flipped the script with this trope. Unsurprisingly, a cult was gained by her following of fans who were eager to see her develop and mature. And Levinson was praised for writing a three-dimensional plus-size character who wasn’t a villain, a punchline or a background fixture that is boring. Then again, without description, Kat Hernandez became all three.
artistic landscape. Her design shifts from bondage-inspired to ’90s cool woman. She trades her suspenders and latex for cropped cardigans, busy habits and midi skirts. While this design modification may have represented her maturing, Kat loses her edge that is rebellious and to being insecure and inauthentic.Photography by Eddy Chen/HBOIn one scene that is particularly hard-to-watch she coldly breaks up along with her boyfriend, Ethan, by claiming to own a (non-existent) terminal mind disorder. It is clear she actually is going right through one thing, but her thoughts are kept unexplored, which simply makes her look callous.
Confidence and self-love aren’t linear. But Kat’s regression feels less like a commentary that is thoughtful teen existentialism and more like sloppy TV writing. This season is a little more internal and a little mysterious to the audience in an interview with
The Cut(*), Ferreira remarked on her character’s invisibility, saying, “Kat’s journey. She Actually Is secretly going right through a complete lot of existential crises.” Unfortunately, we’ll never know what they were.(*)Regardless of every flaws, Kat was important. after all, (*)Euphoria(*) is a show of It Girls, and for so long in media, plus-size women haven’t had a seat at the proverbial table that is popular. Kat Hernandez, along with her fast wit, experimental style and confident quirks, ended up being changing that. And she deserved much more.(*)