Attention Hello Kitty lovers of the world (that very much includes me)!!! The 40-year-old Sanrio character has announced that it is NOT a cat as most people have believed all these years (with whiskers and cat nose), but actually a "little girl". She's also not Japanese, she's BRITISH!! #MINDBLOWN
Celebs like Katy Perry & Ryan Seacrest reacted with tweets like this:
IT'S OKAY HELLO KITTY FANS, KITTY PURRY IS A CAT.— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 28, 2014
Has anyone alerted @AvrilLavigne to this hello kitty news?— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) August 28, 2014
Well one thing's for sure, millions of people will continue to love Hello Kitty no matter WHAT she "is".. cat, girl, British or Japanese. She represents more than any of these things.. she represents youth, fun, love, playfulness, innocence and joy… and I have a feeling I'll still love her even when I get old! Do you like Hello Kitty?
Erica America is a vibrant Multimedia Personality spanning Radio, Television, and the Internet, in all of its social media glory. Her unique work is connected by one focal point, the strength of her voice and her vision, which is apparent in everything she says and does. She insightfully takes her fans on an inspirational journey of self-love, curiosity & self-awareness, all while providing a killer back-drop of the latest & hottest in pop-culture. She calls her work #PopTherapy, an interesting, super fun mix of psychology, inspiration, and pop-culture updates. This is not your usual boring psychology information. This is also not your usual superficial celebrity news. Erica's personality is an engaging & dynamic blend of knowledge & inspiration, giving people ideas and concepts that are really unique & uplifting.
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