01 September 2014 07:15
15 things you didn't know about Hello Kitty

More revelations about the Sanrio character you thought you knew and loved all your life.



Hello Kitty shaped digital camera (© Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hello Kitty was first introduced into the market in 1974, making it the 40th anniversary of the brand this year. However, it has been revealed that the famous Hello Kitty character that we all believed was a feline is in fact a British school girl. Christine R. Yano, who is curating an upcoming Hello Kitty retrospective in Los Angeles, told the LA Times this week that the Sanrio brand who founded Hello Kitty told her that Kitty is "a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat".

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