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THE POLITICS OF EMOJIS

EMOJI POLITICS

Emojis. If you’ve picked up a digital device in the last 10 years, you can’t really have missed them. Young and old, most of us have used them at some point in a text message, tweet or Instagram post. Their popularity is huge: on any given day, around 60 million emojis are used on Facebook, and more than five billion on Messenger, and at the time of writing, 22.5 billion emojis had been sent today on Twitter alone, according to emojitracker.com and the maths of my brother Mark who kindly explained to me how many zeros a billion has.

The crying laughing face is the most popular universally, followed by the red love heart. But what do these cute little cartoons really say about us? How representative are they of our complex, beautiful and often messy identities? And are they as innocent as they seem, or is there something more sinister lurking in our pockets?

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Gracing our cover this month is content creator and professional clown, Elle Mills. In her first interview with an LGBTQ magazine, the Shorty Award winner tells Carrie Lyell all about that coming out video, representing the bisexual community, and how she feels about being the next face of YouTube. Also in this issue…. Saara Aalto tells Roxy Bourdillon about finding love and finding herself We meet New Zealand national treasures, The Topp Twins Holly Miranda spills the tea on love, loss and Laura Dern Sapphic Serbia? DIVA investigates the curious case of the lesbian prime minister #DoBetterBiUs: The story behind the hashtag What’s in an aubergine: What do the emojis we use say about us? Top Trumps: A political twist on a classic card game Plus: travel, family and much much more!