Never forget that Hello Kitty is not a cat

Hello Kitty
(Image credit: Sanrio)

While she might not look a day over 8 years old, Hello Kitty is celebrating her 50th anniversary in 2024. This week we reported that the character is appearing in a bunch of weird and wonderful AR experiences – but no piece of Hello Kitty-related trivia will ever be as shocking to us as our discovery in 2021 that she is in fact not a cat.

The famous character has been around since the 70s, and with her simplistic but adorable design has become a staple in Japan's kawaii culture. But while she might have whiskers, Sanrio, the entertainment company behind the Hello Kitty brand, recently revealed that the character isn't feline. (Fancy making your own character? Check out our top tips for character design.)

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.

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