For many, emoji have become a big part of how we express ourselves. This is why there has been a push for the icons to become more inclusive, with different skin tones, genders, and sexual orientation added during the latest updates.
Tinder is now joining the fight for equal representation by throwing its weight behind a campaign that aims to give users the option to change the skin tones of one emoji in particular: the couple with the heart.
“While emojis for many races have been available since 2015, there are none available for couples,” says Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s head of brand. “Now is the time to change that.”
The original proposal is co-authored by Jennifer 8. Lee, who created Emojination and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and Serena Williams’ husband. Together with Tinder and other partners, they are asking for free skin tone options for each of the people in the couple emoji.
Whether this will result in a change is not yet clear, as emoji are only updated and added once a year by the Unicode, who have the last say on all things emoji.
As always, stay tuned for updates.
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- Main & Featured Image: Tinder