Where does come from?
The tulip emoji was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
Used in social media wherever beauty, romance, flowers, and gardening themes are prevalent, the tulip emoji also appears in texting on occasion to represent female genitalia due its soft, pink petals. Why?
Flowers have long been viewed as being appropriately representative of this part of a woman’s anatomy. The most famous instance is in the work of painter Georgia O’Keeffe, though many critics now dismiss the Freudian theory that O’Keeffe’s flower paintings were intentionally created with vulvas in mind. She always claimed they were not, and the initial theory was put forth by a man, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who became her husband … so there’s that.
Want to know more about tulips? Sure, why not …
Tulips come in a dazzling array of colors and are loved for their beautiful symmetry, grace, and ease in growing. Just throw some bulbs in the ground in the fall, and you’re likely to get some tulips in spring! Sadly, the blooms only last for a few days.
Tulips are part of the lily family, and all of their colors symbolize things as well: red symbolizes true love, white symbolizes purity and forgiveness, and yellow is all about good wishes, sunshine, and cheeriness. Pink? Pink is about affection, but it’s not as strong an expression of love as red.
Tulips are native to central Asia, but migrated to the Netherlands, or Holland, where they became a treasured, precious item during “Tulip mania” in the Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s. The bulbs and flowers were so fashionable and so desired that the exceedingly high prices created what is often referred to as the first “speculative bubble” in an economic market. The Netherlands is the world’s largest tulip producer today.
Who uses ?
Used in posts about spring, flowers, love, sweetness, femininity, and innocence … it’s also frequently used to express appreciation for the beautiful tulip itself.
— 💕susanna💕 (@susannav888) November 27, 2018
. . . a year since my opaque garden 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐲 with the brightest of tones thanks to 𝐬𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐟𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬 that arrived on an occasional spring day, nowadays 𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬 — 🌷💐🍃 pic.twitter.com/XFF3Vah8XY
— 📌 a year with my seven beautiful flowers (@staerries) November 27, 2018
It’s also used in posts that celebrate the color pink, which wouldn’t be the case if the emoji were a purple or yellow tulip.
💗🌷jeno in pink🌷💗
— ⁇ (@ntc_217) November 27, 2018
— Katy Perry Shoes (@kpcollections) November 27, 2018