Unicode will release new emoji in June — and we’ve ranked all 69 of the possible contenders.
Rejoice: New emoji are on the way!
Unicode, the consortium responsible for choosing the new emoji across all platforms, has been working on the latest emoji for months and they’re almost ready for the their June 2017 launch.
Now, Emojipedia has the 69 new emoji candidates on its site, rendered in an “Apple-like style” so we can see what they could one day look like in iMessage.
To be clear: These are not the final drafts of the new emoji; these current iterations may still undergo further changes before getting released in a few months. Plus, once they’re actually out, users probably won’t get them until this coming fall.
Still, it’s always fun to get a sneak peek, so we’ve compiled all the emoji contenders and ranked them from worst to best. The criteria for the ranking was pretty subjective — mainly, how they made us feel and whether we can actually see people using them in real life. There aren’t detailed explanations for most of the rankings, but we do offer a more in-depth analysis for the top 10 on this list.
Take a look:
69. Bowl With Spoon
68. Canned Food
67. Billed Cap
66. Curling Stone
64. Face With Open Mouth Vomiting
61. Cup With Straw
56. Cut of Meat
54. Grinning Face With One Large and One Small Eye
51. Older adult
49. Flying Saucer
48. Grinning Face With Star Eyes
46. Serious Face With Symbols Covering Mouth
43. Man Mage
42. Woman Mage
41. Man in Steamy Room
40. Woman in Steamy Room
39. Flag of England
38. Flag of Scotland
37. Flag of Wales
36. Man Climbing
35. Woman Climbing
33. Zebra Face
32. Man Fairy
31. Woman Fairy
30. Man Vampire
29. Woman Vampire
28. Men Elf
27. Woman Elf
26. Man Genie
25. Woman Genie
24. Man Zombie
23. Woman Zombie
22. Man in Lotus Position
21. Woman in Lotus Position
20. Palms Up Together
17. Fortune Cookie
16. Shocked Face With Exploding Head
15. Takeout Box
13. Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes and Hand Covering Mouth
12. Face With One Eyebrow Raised
11. Face With Monocle
10. Bearded Person
Emoji of the past have been mostly clean-shaven, but this bearded gentleman is the first of his kind. We now finally have an emoji to better represent hipsters, lumberjacks, and Ryan Gosling.
9. Face With Finger Covering Closed Lips
This emoji for keeping a secret is not only very cute, it will come in handy more often than you’d think. Planning a surprise party? Say it with an emoji. Spreading some hot gossip? Use this emoji to make sure everyone knows to keep it on the down-low. We predict that this emoji will quickly be used in heavy rotation.
8. Giraffe Face
Try to find a single person who doesn’t love giraffes. We dare you.
7. Person With Headscarf
Emoji have started to become more inclusive over the years, but this is the first time a person wearing a headscarf has been included. Hooray for emoji diversity!
Good news for new moms: There’s now a symbol for breastfeeding. This emoji is an encouraging sign that society’s attitude toward public breastfeeding is evolving.
Mermaids have captivated our imagination for centuries, and emoji are finally catching up. This Ariel-like emoji is not only cute, it’s incredibly detailed (look at the water droplets and her pointed ears!). Plus, this mermaid has reddish hair, which is a hair color that’s been missing since an update in 2015.
The T-Rex is hands-down the coolest dinosaur, making it one of the coolest new emoji. Use this to frighten your enemies or remind your friends that they shouldn’t mess with you.
3. I Love You Hand Sign
This sign language symbol for “I love you” is not only heart-warming, it’s useful. It’ll save you from typing out those eight letters, and it gives you a nice alternative to sending hearts and hug emojis to your loved ones. Hopefully this is the first of many ASL symbols added to emoji.
2. Orange Heart
Syracuse fans have been in need of an orange heart for years. While we’ve made do with the orange fruit emoji, an orange heart is about to take our fandom to the next level.
Pretzels are delicious, yet highly underrated in the snack food community. Plus, this appears to be a hot pretzel, which is even better. Thank goodness this salty snack is finally getting the appreciation it deserves.