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Dozens of new and old emoji embrace gender equality

Emoji serve as small visual representations of ourselves. But in order to do this, it helps if they look like us. Just over a year ago, the Unicode Standard added modifiers for skin tone. Now Unicode is encouraging gender equality as well.

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[Pop The Champagne] Unicode Standard 8.0 Brings 36 New Emojis And 5 Skin Tone Modifiers

It seems that I'm not the only one who has always wanted to send a zipped-mouth, a nerd face, an eye-rolling expression, a sign of the horns, a popcorn box, or a popped champagne bottle when chatting away with my friends in the mysterious language of emojis. The Unicode Standard, which is the character coding system used by computers (and phones and digital devices) to read and display the various characters, alphabets, and emojis you use every day, has been updated to version 8 and it brings those additions along with more changes.

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Aside from including more language characters, v8 has 5 emoji modifiers for skin tones, akin to what you see on iOS' keyboard or in the web version of WhatsApp.

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