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The shocking truth about Hello Kitty

This discovery about the cartoon character has rocked the world

By Emma Chong Johnston | Published: 28 Aug 2014

Hello... Kitty?
Photo: Sanrio

Hold onto your hair ribbons. A series of shocking revelations has led to the discovery that, despite everything you know to be true about the mouthless catlike character Hello Kitty, one essential fact has eluded the public for decades.

Hello Kitty is not a cat.

In an interview with the LA Times, anthropologist Christine R Yano claims that when she described Hello Kitty as a cat in text for an exhibition in the Japanese American National Museum, Sanrio very firmly corrected her.

"Hello Kitty is not a cat," said Christine, her eyes opened to the truth. "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."

There's more. Apparently she's a Scorpio, she loves apple pie, and she has a twin sister. And she lives outside London. And "she's a perpetual third-grader."

Christine does speak from a position of authority here – she's spent years studying Hello Kitty, and is the author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific.

If you're as invested in this new information as we are, you'll want to head over to Japan in October to catch the exhibition 'Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty' at the Japanese American National Museum. Until then, you'll find us sitting in the corner, staring blankly at all our Hello Kitty paraphernalia.

Related: Design a party wear collection for Hello Kitty


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