12 Reasons We Still Love Hello Kitty (Even If She’s Not a Cat)
This just in: Hello Kitty is NOT a cat. Seriously. What does that even mean?! Reported by the LA Times as part of covering Hello Kitty’s upcoming LA tour, Sanrio has revealed that Hello Kitty is actually a little girl.
Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist who worked on a Hello Kitty exhibition in Japan talks about how when she described Hello Kitty as a cat, she was quickly corrected by Sanrio.
“That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty. She has a twin sister. She’s a perpetual third-grader. She lives outside of London. I could go on.”
A 40-year-old iconic kitty who is not a cat? Mind = blown. But you know what? We still love Hello Kitty, and here are a dozen reasons why she makes a great bestie.