Hello Kitty: Love It or Hate It?

12/28/2006 at 11:00 AM ET

I’ve come to believe that the world in divided into two: those who adore Hello Kitty, and those who detest her. I am in the former group. In fact, when jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino made a high fashion Hello Kitty “pearl” necklace in 2003, I was first in line to buy one. . . well, make that second because I think Cameron Diaz got hers first. And the love continues — Jennifer Love Hewitt and Vanessa Minillo recently stocked up on Hello Kitty cashmere sweaters from Kitson. Knitted, this cat’s not cheap — Hello Kitty cashmere starts at $198 for a sweater and goes up, but you can get tons of things for under $10 at shop.sanrio.com or check out faux-vintage tees, from $33, on 80spurple.com. Tell us: Do you adore Hello Kitty? Or detest her? — Alison Singh Gee

Photo: Maury Phillips/WireImage; 80spurple.com

FILED UNDER: Paris Hilton , T-Shirts , Trends
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Cathy on

Paris is not the cutest girl. . .but she can be cute sometimes. She is just very spoiled and has always been and has alot of money to just shop all day and go out and be crazy. So stop making fun of her. . .Hello Kitty is cute and alot of the famous people along with not so famous people do like and wear the close not only Paris.

laurs on

While I’m certainly not addicted to HK by any means, I do like that spunky little kitten!

Adrian, your comments that everyone who wears HK just wants to be like Paris Hilton, and calling all those who do wear HK slutty and claiming that we all have low self-esteem, is extremely harsh, unfair, rude, and uncalled-for.

And by the way….REAL women are not bossy. We are calm, collected, dignified, and confident in ourselves. Bossiness screams of low self-esteem to me, IMO. It screams that you can’t get anyone to pay any attention to you unless you’re in their face, forcing your own opinions and thoughts on others.

Allison on

No Kitties for me!

Nicole on

Love Hello Kitty – makes me smile too!!

Have Hello Kitty PJ’s quilt cover set and a clock etc… I love cats & love hello kitty but dont think I would be paying for a cashmere sweater with her on – the only clothing I have is a very plain black tank top with a small hello kitty head and tiny bow in her hair – cute but tastefull!

Haley on

KT~ Probably because she IS?!?!

Rochelle on

I love Hello Kitty; the clothes, bags, jewlery, stuffed animals, etc. I got a Hello Kitty build a bear for Christmas, I just love it!

Storm on

Grow up, Paris!

Sandra La Gitana on

I’ve loved Hello Kitty ever since I was in elementary school, and now, into my senior year in college I still love her. She’s cute and I also believe is kind of a fashion statement. What I believe is that she represents everything fun and nonconformist. Some of the fashions nowadays are kinda like…frumpy. You got girls like MK and Ashley dressing like 85 year old ladies, when they look 12, just because someone on the runway is wearing those fashions. I would not spend that much amount of money to look like a begger!!! Anyhow, while I’m in my twenty’s I think my adoration with Kitty will continue, but into my thirties…I don’t know…that’s too much!:s

jessica on

I love Hello Kitty! It’s just so cute!

Not a fan on

I’m personally not a fan of HK, I think it looks ridiculous on most grown women. As far as it being a cultural icon, I do agree with that. But you know, that mouse gets on my nerves too.

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