We can see an evolution in the case of emoji nowadays. It is not a new thing this day; it has been continued for a few years before. Even, an urge for periods related emojis also went viral on social media a few weeks before. Emoji is kind of a silence media which is very helpful to make understand other people about the related subject sometimes. This time we can meet the demand of one piece of swimsuit emoji. Why is the only bathing suit available in the emoji lexicon a polka-dot bikini? Two women have finally proposed an alternative. Not everyone is convinced.
The Miss America pageant is not the only establishment rethinking the swimsuit portion of its offering. The Unicode Consortium, the emoji overlords, the nonprofit organization — are in the process of deciding whether to allow a very simple pink maillot or one-piece bathing suit with weeny-yellow-polka-dot bikini in the emoji lexicon. Its point is to offer another, less sexualized, an option to users who may not feel that the Barbie-wardrobe two-piece really communicates who they are or what they want to say. Or is the most relevant choice in the current cultural climate.
“I have nothing against bikinis,” said Florie Hutchinson, the 38-year-old independent arts publicist and mother of three (soon to be four) girls, who, along with Jennifer 8. Lee, a former New York Times reporter and the co-founder of Emojination, proposed the maillot addition. “I have worn them. But not every woman or girl wants to wear one, and they should have the ability to make another choice,” Ms. Hutchinson said. “I wanted my girls, when they got old enough to have their own smartphones, to be able to see both, side by side.” She is also that woman who, a year ago, began the process of convincing the Consortium to add a flat shoe emoji to the red stiletto that already existed. Not every woman, it turns out, dreams of teetering around in skyscraper heels.
That proposal became something of a feminist cause. “I was really surprised,” Ms. Hutchinson said. “I knew it meant something to me but hadn’t expected it to mean so much to so many.” The shoe was formally adopted earlier this year; it should appear in emoji lexicons everywhere this month or next.
Ms. Hutchinson was ready to change the women’s wardrobe again. Ms. Lee, who has made it her mission to modernize the emoji vocabulary so that it reflects contemporary culture in an inclusive way, approached her about working together on the bathing suit, and Ms. Hutchinson enlisted Aphee Messer, the artist who created her shoe, to come up with a design.
The fact there's no one-piece swimsuit emoji tells me there's not many 40+ women designing emojis.
— Darlin’ Darla (@Darlainky) July 12, 2017
It's really frustrating that there's a bikini emoji instead of a one-piece swimsuit emoji… #moddestishottest
— Lauren Hope Ondercin (@blondercin) May 27, 2014
“We wanted something very basic so that it would read microscopically,” Ms. Hutchinson said. The style of the suit — thigh-cut legs, round neck — is more sporty than sexy, and the curves of the theoretical body beneath less Playboy than those implied by the bikini. The one-piece is designed to appeal to those for whom swimming, or the pool and the beach, is more about activity than, say, hooking up, or who identify with strength and functionality (or discretion) more than seduction.
Ms. Hutchinson and Ms. Lee are not only the emoji users who have taken note of the limited bathing suit options available to those who like to send messages via pictograms. “We wanted something very basic so that it would read microscopically,” Ms. Hutchinson said. The style of the suit — thigh-cut legs, round neck — is more sporty than sexy, and the curves of the theoretical body beneath less Playboy than those implied by the bikini. The one-piece is designed to appeal to those for whom swimming, or the pool and the beach, is more about activity than, say, hooking up, or who identify with strength and functionality (or discretion) more than seduction.
Still, not everyone is convinced. Now that the swimsuit emoji has been shortlisted for inclusion in the 2019 lexicon and is awaiting a verdict, Michael Everson and Andrew West, members of the International Organization for Standardization. There are more than 2,500 different emojis currently available, with more being added each year, though the wardrobe options are still relatively limited and notably retrograde, especially for women. Of note: Up for inclusion in 2019, along with the maillot, is a sari. Ms. Lee mentions the poncho and the kurta as good future candidates. Ms. Hutchinson has another idea for an icon that could use a more modern option.
Source: The NewYork Times