As a young girl growing up, all of my friends had a particular character that they loved and cherished. We would beg our mothers to buy us every possible token of that character and carry something referencing it with us at all times as if it were a pet! Our character would accompany us to school, on weekends, for tea parties with friends. They were a part of our youth. A not so imaginary friend even! Now whether you were a Tweety fan or a Micky Mouse fan, no one can deny that everyone was intrigued by Hello Kitty. The sweetest little Japanese character ever made, not to mention the one and only companion for Japanese school girls and young women. The Hello Kitty phenomena spread around the world faster than you can say ‘Cute little cat!’
Hello Kitty has amazingly just turned 35 and is still as popular as ever with the young and innocent population of the world (and me). Now, although Hello Kitty deserves a standing ovation for not only being the most popular little kitty, but also winning a UNICEF special friend of the children award and developing intrigue of Japanese culture among the Western societies, I am not sure that a shoot featuring Lady Gaga was exactly what the creators (or the young kids parents) had in mind.
Gaga has already accustomed her critics and fans to the wackiest and most daring outfits ever seen (and let’s not mention that we all are still secretly wondering if the hermaphrodite rumour is true), but this time has Gaga gone too far?
Shot in London with famed photographers Marcus Klinko and Indrani along with stylist GK Reid, Gaga has done a whole shoot in honor of Hello Kitty, but this is definitely beyond the sexiest thing the little kitty has ever seen! In fact, I highly doubted that the word sexy could have ever been used in the same sentence as Hello Kitty, but apparently Gaga has just proven me wrong. The shoot featured a quite extravagant floor length gown made entirely out of Hello Kitty dolls, complete with Hello Kitty pumps and a bedazzled kitty belt.
Another shot saw a dress made entirely out of crystals and shockingly, a diamond encrusted kitty necklace worn over her crotch! And that’s not even as crazy as it goes!
After seeing this jaw dropping shoot and not really knowing what to make of it, I decided to look up the 35th anniversary website to see the comparisons next to each other.
The pale coloured site featuring the sweet kitty explains the kitty colour scheme in the first paragraph and how it all fits together.
The red stands for friendship, pink for cute, yellow for heartfelt, green for wish and lavender for sweet.
I wonder what colour Gaga stands for!