A Brief History Of The Most Iconic Girl Characters

Animated characters have come and gone through out the years. What’s even more rare is the presence of girl characters that hold long term popularity among fans. There has only been four that have stood the test of time. Hello Kitty, Barbie, Minnie Mouse and Betty Boop have proved their selves as great characters that will never be fully forgotten no matter how unpopular they become.

Where do I start when talking about Hello Kitty history, it can be wild and she has so much. I will provide real simple factual history, not going to go into unspecific details or rumours of her being evil (Don’t believe everything you read online). Hello Kitty is a humble cat character created in 1974 by Yuko Shimizu of Japan. She wanted to create a character for Japan that girls adored. She would originally call this character “Kitty White” but later on change her name to Hello Kitty when Sanrio bought Hello Kitty from her in 1976. “Kitty White” would become her full name but not the name she is known as. Hello Kitty first appeared on a vinyl coin purse. Quickly popularity grew for this character in Japan and she introduced to USA and UK in 1976. In the 1980’s she would be brought over to other places around the world including Europe and different parts of Asia. The character has now been found on many items and is a figure that many young and older women look up to. Her merchandise has sold amazingly well, especially towards young girls.


Barbie is the most successful girl doll ever. I don’t think there are too many girls in the world that don’t know who Barbie is. The first Barbie doll was introduced in 1959. Appearing in only two styles blonde or brunette. Created by Ruth Handler who was inspired to create a more realistic mature looking doll for the time. Barbie had an explosive appearance. Selling over 350,000 dolls it her first year out on the market. Barbie was the first toy that used in TV advertisements extensively. In the 1960’s more new Barbie models would be made and shipped out. To this day girls are buying up Barbies. It is said that three Barbies are sold every second around the world. Barbie has sold over a Billions dolls in the last 60 or so years.

Minnie Mouse is the oldest character, created by Ub Iwerks in 1928. She was first featured in the Disney Cartoon  “Cantina Argentina” as a dancing barmaid in 1928. Nameless for a long while, Minerva Mouse became her full name in 1942 (No one ever refers her to that name though). In most cartoons they colored her in red even though they were seen in black and white. Later on in in the 1940’s her and mickey mouse were redesigned. Which was very welcomed because Minnie looked more cute and started appearing with the iconic polka dot dresses on. To this day new cartoons are coming out featuring Minnie Mouse. Girls still love her buying clothing and stuffed animals of her.

Good old beautiful Betty Boop. Although she is not nearly as popular as others, and most girls now and days dont know who she is. She has survived long enough to earn her spot. Betty Boop first appeared in 1930 cartoon Dizzy Dishes, created by Max Fleischer. She was finalized and became a very well known character by 1932. There was a large uproar against Betty Boop in the 1930’s. People said she was being used as a sex symbol and she did not need to be in children’s cartoons. It was the depression days when Betty Boop came out and a lot of people think her character reflects that. Care free attitude with a lot of fire. In the late 1930’s Betty Boop toned down a bit became more conservative to please parents. Betty Boop would later make TV appearances in the 1950’s and 1980’s. Too this day she is a character you hear about and see on peoples t-shirts. Similar to Hello Kitty she is a character that many girls love. Especially older woman that remember her well.

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