Hello Kitty is not a cat?

Hello Kitty may be celebrating her 40th anniversary this year, but it seems fans may be in for a bigger shock than just her age. The cute, or “kawaii” character — whose face has been on everything from clothes and stationary to smart cars and chainsaws — may look like a cat and have the word “Kitty” in her name insinuating she’s a cat, but word on the Internet over the last couple of days is that according to a spokesperson from Sanrio, Hello Kitty is just a girl, not a feline. Or is she? Related stories Hello Kitty wants your space messages Hello Kitty: Japan’s Line inks Sanrio deal to conquer US Hello Kitty wraps for Smart cars not a wise idea The discovery was made when University of Hawaii anthropologist Christine R. Yano, who is currently curating a Hello Kitty retrospective for the Japanese American National Museum, did some digging into the popular character’s backstory. As the author of the 2013 book “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific,” Yano was especially suited to research the pop culture character for the exhibit. And she uncovered interesting facts about Hello Kitty that fans might not already know. Hello… Read full this story

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