The very first Hello Kitty merch, Coin Purse, 1974
Name: Hello Kitty (née Kitty White)
Born: November 1, 1974
Known for: Presiding over a $5 billion dollar empire, pioneering kawaii style, having no mouth, that fucking red bow, serving as Japan’s tourism ambassador, being everyone’s favorite pussy–from children to club kids to celebrities to haters–and decorating everything from guns to bongs to maxi pads to vibrators.
What explains Hello Kitty’s enduring popularity?
Brian Bremner and Ken Belson, authors of Hello Kitty: The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon maintain Kitty is the ultimate fantasy object:
…Hello Kitty somehow touches upon an archetype, one of the unconscious human desires just about everyone shares…She is like a mirror, reflecting back any desires or feelings you project upon the character.
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