Where does come from?
The person doing cartwheel emoji was approved in 2016 under Unicode 9.0.
While all platforms depict a yellow person, the emoji’s design varies. Some vendors feature a woman (Twitter), other’s a young boy (Samsung), and yet others a gender-neutral figure (WhatsApp).
Apples’s emoji shows a person in a leotard, as if an amateur or professional gymnast, while Facebook’s portrays a young girl with pigtails in casual clothing, as if playing on a Saturday. The posture and orientation of the cartwheeler (e.g., on one or two hands) also vary from platform to platform.
Subsequent emoji updates provide gender and skin-tone modifiers for the generic person doing cartwheel emoji. Older platforms don’t support the emoji, displaying a box or question mark instead.
Who uses ?
It is most common to see the person doing cartwheel emoji in social-media posts concerning athletics. Whether it’s gymnastics, cheerleading, yoga, or any other sport that might involve a flip or contortion, you might see this emoji captioning a picture of athletes.
Full-time training can be TOUGH! 💪
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) November 5, 2017
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— Yoga Body Newcastle (@iYogaBody) May 13, 2018
For those of us who far less flexible and coordinated, the person doing cartwheel emoji is a popular way to signal excitement or celebration. It was this sense that skyrocketed the emoji to its highest spike in Google searches in September, 2017 after Nicki Minaj used it in several Instagram video captions to celebrate performing a new song for the first time:
And, after listening to that song, we all feel like we could do a cartwheel—or pretty much anything.
JIMINIE POSTED OH MY I JUST FEEL LIKE THE HAPPIEST ANGEL🎢🎢🤸♀️🤸♀️🤸♀️🤸♀️❤❤❤🐸🐸🐸🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🛸🛸
— 𝐥𝐲𝐬𝐬 (@gIowpjm) May 15, 2018