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Hello Kitty Is 35 Years Old! The cute character from Japan

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    Hello Kitty Is 35 Years Old!

    The cute character from Japan celebrates her big year with fashion shows and product launches


    Hello Kitty first appeared as a decoration on a vinyl coin purse, made in Japan in 1974 by the company Sanrio.


    In the Beginning
    Hello Kitty made her first appearance as a decoration on a vinyl coin purse, produced in Japan in 1974 by the company Sanrio. According to her website biography, Kitty's full name is Kitty White and she resides in London. She is good at "making cookies" and she collects "small cute things, like candy, stars and goldfish."


    A year after Kitty's debut, Sanrio introduced her father George White, mother Mary and twin sister Mimmy, who, we are told, is Kitty's best friend.


    The Hello Kitty Family 
    A year after Kitty's debut, Sanrio introduced her father George White (top left), mother Mary (top right) and twin sister Mimmy (lower left), who, we are told, is Kitty's best friend.


    Yuko Yamaguchi, who has designed Hello Kitty for 29 of the character's 35 years, says Kitty did not gain in popularity until the mid-1980s.


    Kitty Fever
    Yuko Yamaguchi, who has designed Hello Kitty for 29 of the character's 35 years, says Kitty did not gain in popularity until the mid-1980s.


    The original Kitty was targeted to children, but designer Yamaguchi heard from older kids who were drawn to the character.

     

    New Directions
    The original Kitty was targeted to children, but designer Yamaguchi heard from older kids who were drawn to the character but were embarrassed by its childish quality. So in 1987, Sanrio began to produce a Kitty that might appeal to older audiences, like the black and white rendering that was released in 1987, above.


    As Kitty's popularity grew, Sanrio took her to the airwaves with a series of animated television shows.


    Onscreen
    As Kitty's popularity grew, Sanrio took her to the airwaves with a series of animated television shows. 
    Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater was first produced in 1987. Hello Kitty's Paradise, above, ran from 1993 to 1994.


    Kitty got her biggest boost when she was adopted by A-list celebrities like Mariah Carey and Paris Hilton


    High Style
    Kitty got her biggest boost when she was adopted by A-list celebrities like Mariah Carey and Paris Hilton, who accessorized with a Kitty clutch at a book signing in 2004, above.


    By her 30th birthday, in 2004, Kitty had been seen around the globe and featured on every manner of apparel.


    International Icon
    By her 30th birthday, in 2004, Kitty had been seen around the globe and featured on every manner of apparel. To celebrate, Sanrio teamed with the Australian mint to issue gold and silver Kitty coins, the most expensive of which cost $1,100.

     

    The Hello Kitty Ribbon Lunch Box included chicken pilaf, hamburger steak, deep-fried prawn, an omelet and a Kitty-shaped baked potato.

     

    Lunch
    The Hello Kitty Ribbon Lunch Box, which included chicken pilaf, hamburger steak, deep-fried prawn, an omelet and a Kitty-shaped baked potato, was offered in 2004. Price: $9.


    Over the years, Kitty has partnered with a variety of designers, in particular Victoria Couture, where a model dressed as the popular feline

     

    Fashionista
    Over the years, Kitty has partnered with a variety of designers, in particular Victoria Couture, whose 2007 runway show in California featured a model dressed as the popular feline.


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    To Have and to Hold
    This "Hello Kitty Dream Wedding," held on Valentine's Day in 2007, began in Hong Kong's subway, where a specially-designed wedding train whisked the betrothed to Central Station for the recitation of their vows.


    More than 2,000 babies have been born at this Hello Kitty–themed maternity hospital in Taiwan.


    Future Kitty Fans
    More than 2,000 babies have been born at this Hello Kitty–themed maternity hospital in Taiwan. The owner of the hospital licensed the Kitty character on the recommendation of his wife and daughters, who thought that images of the famed feline would help expecting mothers relax.


    In honor of Kitty's 35th year, Swarovsky made a Hello Kitty doll studded with 403 pink sapphires and 1,939 pieces of white topaz.

     

    Sparkling 35th
    In honor of Kitty's 35th year, Swarovsky made a Hello Kitty doll studded with 403 pink sapphires and 1,939 pieces of white topaz. A 1.027-carat diamond is embedded in her ribbon, while a citrine serves as her nose and black spinels her eyes. Priced at $150,000, the doll is a fitting present for the queen of cute. Happy birthday, Kitty!



    Source:

    http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1902239,00.html


     

    Comments

    • elizabeth
      cute babies in the pic lol.
    • Allizare
      Wow hello kitty made a maternity wared  ? 
      dude this orginazation must be huge, but you cant say thier bad 
      becuase its a little kid show and its helping children ... 
      I support hello kitty but had no idea poeple still cared im glad this orginazation does 
      good with its money =)
    • TeriConrad
      Hi, I am doing a fan/web page for  Hello Kitty as an assignment for a college course. May I use some of your images?
    • handmade
      I`m sure… 

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