Where does come from?
Unicode approved person tipping hand emoji 💁 in 2010 as part of Unicode 6.0 under the name information desk person. Since at least September 2016, it’s been listed under Unicode’s full emoji list as person tipping hand, as it commonly goes by.
In its original form, 💁 is displayed exclusively as female across all platforms, in whatever each platform had picked for their default skin tone and hair color. Today, it’s available in both male and female display options, as well as the full range of emoji skin tones.
Who uses ?
The original intent of person tipping hand emoji 💁 was to …
A) indicate an actual information desk, as at an airport or museum or
B) demonstrate or present helpful information and fun facts, as a nice info desk person would.
Microsoft’s first design, for instance, showed a generic person sitting at a desk with an i for information on its chest. But you know, the internet did its thing.
Since the original design of the emoji was typically a woman whose palm is about level with her hair, many thought the emoji resembled a woman flipping her hair behind her shoulder. And so a usage was born.
When does one fabulously flip their hair behind their shoulder? Usually after making a good point, a sassy remark, or an expert point of sarcasm. So, person tipping hand emoji 💁 gets used in all of these cases.
What should you be for Halloween?
Why not go as the person you pretend to be on facebook 💁♀️
— Amanda Elaine;* (@AmandaElaine_92) September 28, 2018
Perks of having a small car and not giving a heck 💁 pic.twitter.com/75xxvNotzH
— Katie Rae (@katierrae) September 28, 2018
Birds of the same features do not flock together!
If my friend is a Hoe then she a Hoe💁 That ain't got shit to do with me OKAY!? pic.twitter.com/sCMiC9WLyF
— 💫Miss Weed Lover🎀 (@Gali_Mahlangu) September 28, 2018
Shitting up Men's Rights Activists' mentions is a public good. 💁♂️
— TakedownMRAs (@TakedownMRAs) September 28, 2018
You messaged me because it's your free time, I reply when it is my free time. Let's not get worked-up please.💁♀️
— ❤️miss independent❤️ (@sexylizyy) September 27, 2018
The hair flip can also just mean “Oh damn, I look good today” (particularly if your hair looks good).
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The hair flip 💁♀️ Rewind for a change 🤪 pic.twitter.com/SETXBRYt5z
— Iswarya Menon (@Ishmenon) September 25, 2018
And it’s not unheard of person tipping hand emoji 💁 to be used with non-sassy/sarcastic facts, too. With its little raised hand, person tipping hand emoji 💁 can look like it’s serving something up on a platter, making it good for comments and captions to the tune of “Here you go” or “Check this out.”
The hadid's who? Gerber who? Jenner who? Cara Delevingne 💁 pic.twitter.com/Mp2dgBpxyS
— 💫 (@MecheDelRey) September 28, 2018
I was painting n she just got a lil excited 💁♀️ pic.twitter.com/mMl8v7n7hL
— Lana (@BadArtifice) September 28, 2018
I am basically a professional photographer 🤷♀️💁♀️ pic.twitter.com/X4KHZtUh6c
— Marianna Tiell (@TiellMarianna) September 26, 2018