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August 28, 2014  |  

Did you guys know Hello Kitty isn’t an actual, er, kitty? That’s right, folks, we’ve all been duped by the whiskers! According to an LA Times article published on August 27, when University of Hawaii Anthropologist Christine R. Yano was preparing a retrospective on Hello Kitty for the Japanese American National Museum, she was given one major correction by Hello Kitty owner Sanrio: the Kitty is not a cat. “She’s a cartoon character,” she was told. “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.” And there’s more. Hello Kitty’s actual name is Kitty White, she is a Scorpio, she loves apple pie and she is the daughter of George and Mary White. She has a twin sister, she is a third-grader and she lives outside of London. Who knew?! This fall, Hello Kitty, which began life as a character on a coin purse in Japan in 1974 (bet you didn’t know that, either!), is set to hit L.A. with a full-blown exhibit of Kitty art, merch and fashion titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty,” which opens October 11. And if that wasn’t enough Kitty for you, two weeks later, on October 30th, the first ever Hello Kitty Con will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles.

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