As the world celebrates World Emoji Day today, the proposed new icons represent the current mood of racial and gender inclusivity. A saluting face, a person with a crown, coral emoji, pregnant man, to handshakes in different skin tones - the submitted drafts make an attempt to suit the mood for a better, united world. Before these emojis are passed by the Unicode Consortium and become a part of our devices, celebs share how they connect with the language of emojis and their favourites...
Going for the virtual hug
I consider emojis as an add-on to the words. Hug emoji, that’s the universal language for love and care, has been my favourite. I use the smiling emoji with two hearts for eyes to like someone’s post or message. Or, the funny one with tears of joy. I never use the one with a slightly smiling as that’s a forced smile. I rather use smiling face with smiling eyes to express joy.
— Prerna Panwar, actor
Red for love & joy
I generally use the red rose as it makes people calm and relaxed and it also signifies love and joy. The mike is my most used emoji as I am a singer and it describes me. The angry emoji makes me sad.
— Sonia Arora, Singer
Emojis speak louder than words. Adding an emoji to a simple text tells my family and friends that they are special and I care. My favourites are smiling face with the halo, two hearts for eyes and the dancing girl. — Sheen Das, actor
Jadoo ki jhappi
I believe in jadoo ki jhappi! Whatever is going on in the world is very negative. So, I send them virtual hugs to make them feel good. I bank on emojis all the times. They’ve made my life sorted.
— Shivanggi Verma, actor
Through these tough times, I have used the yellow heart a lot to spread cheers. In fact, the red heart has been my favourite over the years, expressing what we all need – love!
—Pranati Rai Prakash, model
The hug has been my go-to emoji to spread little warmth in these troubled times. My most commonly used are pervy eyes to appreciate attractive posts. Grinning face with sweat emoji is what I end up using when I mess up my posts or texts. Somehow, I have never used the disguised face emoji - a yellow face with big glasses, a large nose, thick eyebrows, and a moustache. I am a straightforward person!
— Akshit Sukhija, actor
Purple heart for love
Most of my text messages are followed by an emoji. A yellow face with smiling eyes, closed smile, and the halo are the ones I have used throughout the pandemic to express the blessings in my life. I have also used the dizzy emoji for the same purpose. I am particularly fond of purple heart, for it expresses admiration, love and support. I don’t like or use the slightly smiling emoji, muskurana hi hai to khul ke muskurao!
— Ieshaan Sehgaal, actor
Heart to heart
The white dove holding a green sprig in its beak depicts peace and hope. I use this emoji to make people realise that the lows in life will not stay forever. Red heart and the tears of joy are my most favourite emojis. I have never used the face with symbols on mouth, as it doesn’t make sense to me because if I am angry I would say it out rather than using a red face with sensors.
— Vyomesh Kaul, actor
I use the hug emoji to convey my feelings to my friends and family and sometimes my subscribers too. I don’t really like the clenched teeth emoji because it just doesn’t clearly convey what it means. This particular emoji also looks different on different operating systems like android, iOS & Windows. I have actually gotten in an argument because of this emoji’s wrong use.
— Shivam Trivedi, YouTuber
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