Where does come from?
The smiling face with sunglasses emoji was one of the originals, approved under Unicode 6.0 back in 2010. According to Emoji Tracker, smiling face with sunglasses emoji was the 26th most popular emoji on Twitter in June 2018, wedged right between 👀 eyes emoji and 💔 broken heart emoji. (That’s cold, 😎. Cold.)
Across platforms, the design of smiling face with sunglasses emoji is fairly uniform, depicting a yellow face with a satisfied smile and black sunglasses. The shape of its cheaters vary from vendor to vendor, though most use the classic look of a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
Since 2015 on the messaging app Snapchat, smiling face with sunglasses emoji displays next to a contact a user shares best friends with. Cool kids.
Who uses ?
Playing off the long association between sunglasses and hipness, the smiling face with sunglasses is the emoji embodiment of cool.
The emoji can convey satisfaction, whether one is kickin’ back and relaxin’ or impressed with someone’s performance.
What are the best shows/movies to watch when sick? Ya girl just finished work & now isn’t leaving bed for the rest of the day 😎
— Gem 🌹 (@GemmaPatrice) June 26, 2018
It can convey swag, whether in attitude, appearance, or accessories.
— demas (@sonamtenzin244) June 26, 2018
Get your #swag on for the football season with my favourite backpacks from the #SwagPack collection by @AmTouristerIN! 😎
Pack some swag this #WardrobeRefreshSale on https://t.co/QFCm32bEP4 pic.twitter.com/70lqopHjLY
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 21, 2018
It can express that everything is A-OK between two people or show strong approval of something. These uses love to be paired with a “this guy” finger-pointing emoji 👈 or thumbs up emoji 👍.
Ayyyyyy no problem frand 👈😎👈
— 🍖 Big ol Woofer 🌈🌟 (@kanigay) June 27, 2018
Anair you have blown my mind !!What a meal .I think right now everyone working in hospitality in Ireland should visit this restaurant…Such a Positive place ,Well done all 👨🍳😎👍 pic.twitter.com/pOrfqc8SD9
— La Côte (@ChefPaulHynes) June 27, 2018
Superstar performers and athletes also get praised in smiling face with sunglasses emoji.
— Sai Lokesh (@SaiLoke11951988) June 27, 2018
— 🔥 M E S S I🔥 (@SRKsYODDHA) June 27, 2018
Of course, with coolness can come nonchalance, and with nonchalance can come a devil-may-care attitude, giving smiling face with sunglasses a sassier attitude.
For all the colorful ways we use the smiling face with sunglasses emoji, don’t overlook the fact that its sunglasses are meant to be just that—a pair of actual sunglasses. So, the emoji sees wide use when people are showing off a new pair of shades or enjoying some sunshine or warm weather.
New look 😎 pic.twitter.com/fOaS9S3KZe
— Oscar Tarruella (@oscartarruella) June 21, 2018
Find out if it will get over 20C today (red highlighted area) where you are? Some places still over 20C at 9pm – Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Dumfries, Aviemore and Great Glen. #ScotScorchio 😎☀😎☀😎☀ pic.twitter.com/IP7HPPB64u
— Sean Batty (@SeanBattySTV) June 27, 2018