Sensual and sleek. Those are the words to describe Zaya Reine. The woman has worked a long time establishing her brand and her presence. It's ingrained into the minds of anyone she meets- sleek and sensual. A fashionista since birth, Zaya has worked her way up the Capitol ladder quite quickly for such a young person. Perhaps it is her unwavering confidence that has opened so many doors, or perhaps just her beauty.
Zaya wasn't always Zaya, she was born Fitz Gartod. A hideous name, right? Her mother dressed her up in horrid green plaid suits and made her pose for pictures in disgusting plastic shoes. When she was old enough to finally have some say, Zaya ripped up her suits and pieced them back together in some clothes that properly portrayed her style. Soon plaid miniskirts were in and so was Zaya.
No one calls her Fitz anymore. Looking at the young woman now no one can see the young Gartod kid she used to be. She has made a name for herself on Style Street as Zaya Reine and no one else.
There is a very specific look Zaya has made for herself- thick dark brows, deep red lips, and lots of lingerie. Lace and leather, preferably in black. She makes sure whale bone from District Four is shipped straight to her door to be bent and sewn into a corset everyone will gag over. The lady of lace has first pick of shipments of fabric from District Eight and always has a monthly list of wanted items she puts in with the officials in the Capitol. There was talk of Zaya becoming a stylist for the Hunger Games at one time, but the woman is much too proud of her own figure to put her work on anyone else. Besides, two kids a year was hardly a job- walking out of the house every day was a bigger challenge and she handled it with grace.
Of course she has other hobbies besides looking fabulous. She's a great reader and has shelves upon shelves of books in her apartment. Some of regulated Panem books available to the public and some, hidden away, are of the more illegal variety. She keeps them hidden in her closet behind all the sequins and lace where no one expects them to hide. They're collectors items she's snatched off the black market that, most of the time, tend to be better then the modern stories the Capitol pumps out. Sometimes, Zaya wishes there was a district that made something like art or literature, wouldn't that be nice?
Besides being a fashion mogul, Zaya Reine has snatched one of the most coveted position in the entire country- Gamemaker. After many applications, interviews, tests, diagrams, and pretty much anything else you can think of, Miss Reine was finally was offered the position. Some wondered why she would pursue such a job, after all she's more of a fashion designer that an Arena one. Good thing she's been interviewed about it:
"Well, you know, I've always been a fan of the Games," Miss Reine said, crossing her legs and hugging her fur wrap closer to her shoulders. "but I think there are many ways to love the Games. Some think of it as a game show while others think of it as a story, and there are others who see as just history in the making. Some people identify with the characters, some love the fights- I like all of it. I think of the Hunger Games as an art form."
Miss Reine took a sip from her wine glass before continuing. "Every element to a Games is like a stroke in a painting, or a stitch in a ballgown. Every piece is thought out and matters. The Games are an art form, and I believe I am an artist."
"Which Games is your favorite and what are the artistic elements you like about it?"
"Well, I think every Games has its own art to it. You know there's something artistic about children stealing coats in the snow, or young children wandering through a giant landscape. I don't honestly think I can pick a favorite. I love parts of so many games. I enjoy watching the trust the tributes form but know that it will have to be broken. I enjoy the ruthless ones, and I like the cowardly ones. I hope for my first games an as artist, that I can take pieces of old games that are interesting and piece them together to make something new, fresh, and most of all, beautiful."
Zaya thinks of herself as an intellectual and an artist. Many people complain that she comes off arrogant but it hardly bothers her. She knows she has a talent and refuses to be humble about it. Why pretend she's less than she is? For other people's feelings? No. Never. Zaya has worked her way up this Capitol ladder and just because those at the bottom don't have the motivation to pull themselves up is no reason to be "humble." Humbleness is for people who haven't done shit.
There are many in the Capitol that do not understand Zaya and her work. In their small minds you cannot be smart enough to design clothes, wear them well, and plan a Hunger Games. In their small minds you cannot dress as a woman and as a man. There will always be people who do not understand Miss Reine and her ambitions and her desires. They will criticize her work and her looks, they will try to tear her down like they crumbled themselves so many years ago.
All the articles in the Victor's View, and everything the press says daily runs off her back like rain. Zaya Reine was forged of harder stuff than to be broken by rumor and jealousy.
To earn the title of Gamemaker, and at such a young age, is a dream come true. She's not going to fail those who chose her- she is going to put on the best damn show this country has ever seen.