Emoji dictionary

🤳 Selfie emoji

[sel-fee ih-moh-jee]

What does 🤳Selfie emoji mean?

The selfie emoji shows an extended arm with a smart phone gripped by the hand, which is available in a range of skin tones. The phone and its camera is assumed to be aimed at the holder, ready to take a selfie, or self portrait.

This emoji is used any time a selfie is ... so a lot. Particularly when it comes to posts discussing selfies, making fun of selfies, or when posting a selfie.

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Related words

selfiecide, 🎥 Movie Camera emoji, duck lips, thirst trap

Where does 🤳 Selfie emoji come from?

The selfie emoji sure took some time to makes its way to the Unicode system, appearing in 2016 as part of Unicode 9.0. That’s a bit odd, considering that this cultural phenomenon of taking a self-portrait with a smart phone is a pervasive behavior exhibited just about everywhere …

The first ever selfie was taken by photographic pioneer Robert Cornelius in 1839, when he set up the camera and had time to pose in front of it, place the lens cap back on, and produce a daguerreotype of himself.

The word selfie is first reported in an online forum back in 2002, coined by an Australian referring to a messy self portrait. When the Sony Ericsson Z1010 mobile phone was released in 2003, it introduced the first front-facing camera, which quickly became a popular feature on cell phones.  The term selfie began climbing in popularity in 2010 and 2011, and in 2012, Time magazine called it one of the year’s Top Ten “buzzwords.”

When filters became a thing on Instagram in 2011, and later on Snapchat, there was no turning back. The selfie beast had been released.

Selfies can be described as playful, useful, narcissistic, an art form, fanciful, dishonest, conformist, glamorous, self indulgent, and even dangerous. If you don’t believe us, check out the word selfiecide.


Examples of 🤳 Selfie emoji

Some days you just feel like taking a pretty selfie 🤳
@APoncetta, December, 2018
I have a lot of cat things to do today but first, let me take a selfie.🤳😺
@Lyndsey_Pixie, December, 2018
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Who uses 🤳 Selfie emoji?

The selfie is pretty popular on social media which means the selfie emoji is too, particularly when it comes to posts discussing selfies, making fun of selfies, or even mirroring selfies (not to get too meta).

Foot selfies are also a thing, often used to indicate where a person is, for example, on a beautiful beach or hiking a mountain or at a favorite fishing hole.

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