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A pregnant man and a multiracial handshake are just some of the emojis set to be available to users over the next year in a bid to be more diverse.
A “Person with Crown” was added as a non-binary option for the “Princess” and “Prince.” The bearded person emoji has also received an update on its options. Users will now be able to pick between feminine and masculine bearded faces. Jeremey Burge, the chief emoji officer of Emojipedia stated that the new options “will mean that nearly all emojis can have a default gender-neutral option, with the choice to use a woman or man where relevant.”
The draft list, which has yet to be approved, will see more inclusivity with masculine, feminine and gender-neutral versions of emojis, as well as a wider selection of skin tone emojis. As well as a pregnant man, there will also a non-binary pregnant person. The list was released by the Unicode Consortium who approves the new additions and are illustrated by Emojipedia to celebrate World Emoji Day on Saturday (July 17).
One that looks fit for the Arnold Schwarzenegger flick “Junior” shows a mustachioed man clutching his baby bump and squinting. It comes in medium to dark skin tones, along with a similar facial-hairless emoji, dubbed “Pregnant Person.” Other new emojis include a biting lip, heart hands and a saluting face, according to the group, which announced the new designs ahead of World Emoji day on July 17.
An empty nest with eggs, a crutch and several handshake designs were also included. The Unicode draft list is set to be approved by September 2021 with distribution varying between each device manufacturer.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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