Apple releases David Bowie emojis

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CUPERTINO (KRON) — Apple is hoping texters and messengers will feel some “modern love” for its new line of emojis.

The company is making some big changes to its emoji characters.

The new batch of emojis released this week includes one honoring the late David Bowie.

Bowie’s emoji includes both male and female versions of the gender-blending pop star.

Also among the new batch are female judges, teachers, firefighters, astronauts, and plumbers.

Previous series mostly depicted women as painting their nails and dancing salsa, while detectives, police officers, and surfers were all exclusively male.

The release follows a big push by Google to promote gender equality through its emojis.

Google said in May it wanted its new range of professional women pictograms to promote “the diversity of women’s careers” and combat sexism.

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