Twitter creates cute emoji in honour of President-elect Halimah Yacob

Elizabeth Tong
Entertainment Reporter
A banner made in support of President-elect Halimah Yacob spotted on Nomination Day (13 September). (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

It looks like this year’s President-elect Halimah Yacob has become part of another milestone in history.

Twitter announced on Wednesday (13 September) that it has created an emoji in honour of the 63-year-old former speaker of parliament – a first for a national leader in Singapore, and the first-ever emoji for a female head of state in the world.

The emoji’s design follows the well-known image of Halimah in her tudung and glasses, but is dressed in Singapore’s national colours: red and white. It also features a white star pin on her tudung.

President-Elect Halimah Yacob’s new Twitter emoji (Photo: Twitter)

Starting from today till 1 October, the emoji will appear in Tweets that include any of these hashtags: #HalimahYacob, #PresidentHalimah, #MdmPresident, #SingaporePE2017, #PE2017, and #SGElections.

Check out Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong using the new emoji here:

“Twitter is honoured to be part of this milestone in Singapore’s history in commemorating the country’s first-ever female president,” said Kathleen Reen, Twitter Asia-Pacific’s director of public policy.

“Singaporeans, like other people around the world, follow national and world leaders on Twitter to get live updates on their governance, digital diplomacy, and to connect with them in real-time on a wide variety of topics.”

The emoji was created in collaboration with media company, MothershipSG.

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