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Did you know?
Hello Kitty is a perpetual 3rd grader who lives in a London suburb.
Hello Kitty is not actually a cat! She is described, by her creator at Sanrio, as a fictional cartoon character with a red bow and no mouth. The spokespeople for Sanrio have said that one reason for not having a mouth is that she “speaks from the heart.” Another explanation is that she is an ambassador to the world and isn’t bound by any particular language. She is a symbol of friendship and hopes to encourage friendships between people across the globe!
Hello Kitty was created in 1974 and arrived in the USA in 1976. By 2016 Hello Kitty had become a global marketing phenomenon worth $4.4 billion annually!
In the 1970s and ‘80s, Hello Kitty was marketed to pre-teen girls. In the 1990s Sanrio started to market Hello Kitty as “retro” to attract those who either could not get Hello Kitty merchandise as kids or to the people who simply want to reminisce and indulge. Her popularity has soared and captured the hearts of children and adults of all ages.
Hello Kitty has a huge range of products from dolls, stickers, greeting cards, clothes, accessories, school supplies and stationary to jewelry, purses, toasters, televisions, and other home appliances, even high-end items and rare collectibles.
You can find Hello Kitty not only on merchandise like clothes and toys but in films, animated series, comics, music and video games. She also has a plane and a coterie of celebrity fans such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and others.
Here at Pop Culture we have a great selection of Hello Kitty collectible items, so stop buy and check out this Kawaii (cute) staple that is Japanese Popular Culture!
“As tall as five apples, and as heavy as three, Hello Kitty is a bright little girl with a heart of gold. She loves to bake cookies and play the piano, and dreams of one day becoming a pianist or maybe even a poet. She has a gift for music and English, and a soft spot for Mama’s apple pie. Hello Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy are the best of friends.”
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