Discuss: Hello, Kitty
Jan 6, 2012
Recently, actress Charlize Theron took on an important fashion topic, grown women who wear Hello Kitty.
“I’m pretty amazed by Hello Kitty. Here’s why … I see so many women in their 30s walking around in Hello Kitty [expletive] and nobody’s concerned for them,” Theron said. “It’s the one teenage iconic thing that’s okay for 30 year olds to have.”
Truth be told, I’ve never been into cartoon characters. For the whole of the 1990s, girls and women in my hometown were decked out in Tweety Bird and Tazmanian Devil attire. And if you were to stroll through an mall out West today, you would see women in Looney Tunes, Mickey Mouse and other cartoonish attire.
Since moving to D.C., I see less of Tweety Bird but I see a lot of Hello Kitty. Just last night, I was standing in a very nice restaurant when a woman reached for her cocktail and I noticed that she was wearing a Hello Kitty diamond ring. A quick Google search revealed that the ring is diamond encrusted and costs $4,250!
In Japanese culture, it’s common for women of all ages (and even some men) to embrace cuteness as part of the national culture. It’s called kawaii. But this isn’t Japan, and cuteness is easily mistaken for a immaturity–especially if the Hello Kitty fan drops two months salary on a kitschy bauble.
So here’s the question: How old is too old to wear cartoon attire (even pajamas, or is there no upper age limit in place? And if I could have a follow up, why do so many women still wear Hello Kitty and the like? What do they hope to achieve?
And if there are any men reading this, do you find the cutesy cartoon thing attractive or would you turn and run the other way?