Remember when emojis were just used to express how you feel? Over the years they’ve expanded greatly to represent your occupation, the activities you’re partaking in, and your relationship. Even though emoji couples were diversified to include Black couples and LGBTQ pairings, you probably didn’t realize that there was no representative for interracial couples — unless you’re part of one.
Well, Tinder has changed that. The social search and dating app announced on Tuesday that with the backing of more than 50,000 Tinder users, they petitioned Unicode, which is behind “consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems,” to get an interracial couple emoji launched. Their efforts were successful.
“Together with 50,000+ of you, we petitioned #unicode to #RepresentLove by adding interracial couple emojis—and we WON,” they wrote on Instagram. “We’re honored/proud/every phrase expressing joy. Thanks to everyone that showed their support.”
And what better person to help share the news than Tamera Mowry-Housley? The 40-year-old The Real co-host shared today that she’s a Tinder ambassador, and expressed her excitement over the new interracial couple emojis with her more than six million followers.
“There’s never been an emoji to represent interracial couples like @adamhousley and me,” she said. “But there’s gonna be, thanks to @tinder. I think love is beautiful, so put a🖐🏾in the comments with #RepresentLove if you’re with me! #Tinder_Ambassador”
It’s the emoji you never knew you needed in your repertoire, ladies and gents.
As for Mowry-Housley, she was the perfect person to help spread the news. She’s been open for quite some time about the ups and downs of being in an interracial relationship with husband Adam Housley, in particular, the negativity and flat-out hate she’s received online for years.
“My mom is a beautiful Black woman and my dad is a very handsome white man,” she said in 2014. “I was actually hurt because my parents had experienced it way back in the day and I was hurt because we as a community have come so far and we fight against it all the time. I was hurt that people still felt that way but the opposite way, you see what I’m saying? So if anything, I was devastated, hurt, and like I said I’m just going to pray and look at the positive.”