Written by Cecily Mauran
These two are kindred spirits and they don’t even know it. The Barefoot Contessa could be the kind aunt/maternal figure Katniss never really had, while Katniss could be that sassy energetic niece that makes her go on walks and takes her hunting.
They are both handy with potentially lethal objects:
In an ideal world, using a bow and arrow, Katniss kills a free-range cornish game hen with deadly precision, and the Barefoot Contessa masterfully dices and sautees vegetables to serve as an accompanying side-dish.
They are loved by men, both gay and straight:
Gale, Peeta, Jeffrey, Frank, Miguel. Sexually attracted to these women or not, these men have good taste. Stick with them and your survival is ensured, whether it is in the Hunger Games arena or the cutthroat social realm of the Hamptons elite.
They both excel in their respective fields:
Before the Barefoot Contessa was a culinary whiz, esteemed cookbook author, and general Hamptons deity, she was a NUCLEAR POLICY ANALYST for THE WHITE HOUSE. Oh and Katniss literally wins in this field where the Hunger Games are held.
They are both baller role models:
Providing delicious food for your family and friends is cool. Hopefully Katniss branches out into party-planning, so that she and the Barefoot Contessa can have even more in common. Title for the fourth installment in the series? How about The Hunger Games: Killer Parties, How Easy is That?
They both have utilitarian wardrobes:
Fashion takes the back-burner when these ladies depend on their practical wardrobe for their own survival.
For the Barefoot Contessa:
Oversize denim/black button-down shirt. As a woman both large and in charge, this uniform is both flattering and conveys the message of “I’m not f*cking around Miguel, I need the gardenias here by 6 p.m. sharp.”As for her chic, yet functional bob. I assume she employs this haircut so that she doesn’t catch on fire when sampling her bechamel sauce.
Worn leather jacket, worn leather boots, cargo pants. Function takes priority here, but her choices here indicate a vintage tomboy style. Like the Barefoot Contessa, Katniss lets her opponents know that she wears the pants in the arena. Her braid too is purely for practical reasons, but she probably can’t help but notice Peeta blushing whenever a few wisps of hair fall into her eyes.
They are both ruthless when they need to be:
Career comes first. Even before Careers. Even before Jeffrey and that little boy from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. When it comes down the wire, Katniss and the Barefoot Contessa are both looking out for numero uno. What did you expect? For Katniss it is kill or be killed, and the Barefoot Contessa has a friggin’ deadline. Both have good intentions, they’re working to provide for their families, but sometimes the head honchos have to make the tough decisions.