Have you undergone trials and tribulations in love? If yes, then euphoria must be the perfect show for you. Although showcasing a different world of sturdy, overly dressed high schoolers that we hoodie-drenched sobers may find hard to engulf.
Still, all of it feels ridiculously right. Gen Z is all about extraordinary fashion, being lost in the feelings of love, and yes, all of it comes to reason by validation through social media.
Euphoria is a perfect example of such kind of Gen Z-oriented teen drama, all about a bunch of teenagers and their urge to explore what they find worthy in this world. Such school life could be tough, with problems coming their way in self-discovery.
Kat from Euphoria:
One such teenager in Euphoria is Kat Hernandez. She is enigmatic and iconic, the other IT girl we all have dreamt of becoming like in some part of our life. Barbie Ferreira plays Euphoria’s character Kat, and being the main character, Katherine Hernandez has traits that scream ICONIC.
Her journey throughout the series was “euphoric”, as we see her struggling with body issues and how she overcame all of that. She is truly inspiring and special, and here is why:
She accepts who she is and doesn’t care what others have to say:
“There is nothing more powerful than a fat girl who doesn’t give a f**k,” says Kat, whose chubbiness is her strength. She is carefree and the master of her own world. She is a badass queen who does not take shit from others, and her body is no exception.
PS: Everybody is beautiful, and Ferreira’s character of Kat tries her best to portray that. She’s “fat,” and she was also proud of it to the fullest. Even after getting back to her issues, she knows she is powerful. This truth is what makes her empowered, and we love her for that.
Kat is always there, cheering up her friends
Kat is a very good friend, which every high schooler wishes for. She helps her friends through thick and thin and tries her best to make her friends feel good. One such example is when she helps Maddie overcome her breakup.
She also stood up for her over a leaked hook-up video, threatening to go to the police, which shows that Kat Hernandez can do everything for her close people. Even after many happenings, she is a true friend to Cassie and Maddy.
She stood up against what was wrong.
Kat Hernandez has little crap to take from people. She is fearless and bold, standing up against what’s wrong. In her own words to her principal,
“You know, it’s one thing for my classmates to body shame me, but for you, Principal Hayes, that’s just a whole other thing. It’s degrading. It’s discriminatory. And it just shows how insidious and systemic body terrorism truly is in this country.”
She knows what is wrong, and nothing could stop her from calling it out. She knows she won’t listen to an abusive boyfriend rant with which a girl has literally broken up a thousand times. Wrong is wrong in her eyes, and her executing it on screen gives us immense pleasure.
She has an exceptional fashion sense.
If you think she is just another plus-sized teen writing fan fiction with a mediocre sense of clothing, then Euphoria surely has something surprising for you. It turns out Kat Hernandez is a fashionista, literally. She has all which you could see in a fashionable teen who knows how to make heads turn.
Her dressing evolution throughout the series made us awestruck. From dressing like a girl next door to emerging out as a punk-inspired, bold yet seducing style icon, we all became head over heels as Kat continued to slay and made the school turn heads over her. Even if season 2 got the worst of her, her sense of dressing was cool till the end.
Her journey is a revolution in itself.
Kat and life displayed on the screen are revolutionary. She can honestly tell people her story. She spent her whole life afraid people were going to find her fat. But she realized she had no damns to give to people when she overcame that.
She became a revolution, an empowering symbol, not only for plus-sized people but for everyone who needed it. Being a significant character in Euphoria, she is a teenager whose aspirations involved making her name, and all of her efforts in the school year have indeed been inspiring for us all.
Despite getting less screen time, Kat outshone all.
— Edyn123® (@SikSadWrld) July 1, 2019
The character Kat had something in her that outshone all in season 1. From being a meek, body-conscious teen to an absolute badass bratty star, her every appearance in the show was in a league of its own. But, in season 2, fans could hardly experience the joy of seeing her on tv, her screen time was definitely less, but whenever she appeared on the screen, we loved every second of it.
Kat is a relatable character.
Kat is not just another “fat best friend” we stereotypically see on tv shows. She is real, she is flawed, and that is what makes her relatable of all. Her struggle with her body issues, mental health, and relationships are something we could find relatable in our real life.
Season 2 witnessed Kat having meltdowns and her failing relationship with her boyfriend, Ethan. We see that she definitely has moments of her own. She can get sad, and she could be hurt, but even after all that, she is strong.
She inspires people with her life choices.
Kat is fearless and prioritizes what she thinks is best for her. She doesn’t think twice before making her life choices and implies them. She became an adult worker because she found it best for her and left it because she wanted to.
From breaking up with her boyfriend Ethan to picking up apt clothing choices, she always does all that matters to her, irrespective of the consequences ahead.
She has an aesthetic of her own
Kat and her eccentric transformation are one of the most talked about things about the show even today. When she rose to attention after writing a fan fiction named “The First Night,” she went on to find her true self and set an aesthetic of her own.
Being a dominatrix was a helper, which made her embrace the changes and use corsets and chokers in her wardrobe. All of it made her an iconic trendsetter, which fans would remember till the end.
She had a harsh and unjust ending in Euphoria.
— Joseph (@Joseph01079089) August 25, 2022
It is too sad to even write that Kat would not be seen in season 3. Her iconic personality and legacy were undefined, and it is unfortunate that we would not see more of her. This news came to us when through an Instagram story posted by Barbie Ferreira displaying Kat fan art. Ferreira wrote,
“After four years of getting to embody the most special and enigmatic character Kat, I’m having to say a very teary-eyed goodbye.”
“I hope many of you could see yourself in her like I did and that [it] brought you joy to see her journey into the character she is today.”
as stated on her Instagram.
It is also noted that her character has come to an end because of things not being okay between Ferreira and Sam Levinson. It is true that we hurt just the way Kat was hurt in the end of the Euphoria’s last season. Her character had potential, and she could have been something different.
It is a shame that such a promising and empowering character reduced her story to a cliffhanger. There could be a better ending to bid adieu to this character, to show her respect. It would have certainly been more promising and pleasing to make her state go back to how it was in season 1, where she finally is not skeptical of how she looks and is proud of it.
Euphoria would not be the same without the confident Kat we saw in season 1. With this, we sincerely hope that this is the only bad thing about the tv show and that the rest of it is okay.