Emojis have transformed the way we communicate. So much can be said with just a vegetable or a fruit. A yellow circle with a winky eye can be straight-up pornographic.
And as time goes on, we only create more ways to communicate without standardized text. We’ve even dedicated a day to our favorite way of communicating. So it’s only appropriate that new emoji options were revealed right before July 17 — World Emoji Day 2021.
The below graphic is a draft list from Emojipedia. What this means is this batch of emojis are the candidates before the final list is revealed in September 2021.
The options show tech’s slow-but-steady move toward inclusivity, revealing interracial handshakes and a pregnant man and pregnant person.
“Pregnant Man and Pregnant Person are new, and recognize that pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people,” Emojipedia wrote on its website. “These are additions to the existing 🤰 Pregnant Woman emoji.”
This also means a gender-neutral option available for nearly all emojis, finally representing those individuals who are non-binary.
To get an idea of which draft emojis users are drawn to most, Emojipedia has set up World Emoji Awards, where people can vote for their favorites. While fans do not determine the final outcome, the data helps give developers an understanding of user interest and demand.
Users have 38 options to choose from and the winner will be revealed on World Emoji Day. Follow the @EmojiAwards Twitter handle to peek at how the competition is going (and vote for melting face!).
Users will be able to see which emojis made the cut when Emoji 14.0 is released on Sept. 14.