Pop Culture Icon Betty Boop Finally Has Her Own Emoji

Andrew LaSane
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American cartoonist Max Fleischer brought the character Betty Boop to life in 1930. And 86 years later, she's still an icon, infiltrating all aspects of popular culture and remaining relevant for generations. On July 15, according to USA Today, the doe-eyed cartoon got a tribute fitting for the 21st century: Her face has been turned into an emoji for the PepsiMoji Keyboard app.

The Betty Boop emoji, created in partnership between Fleischer Studios and PepsiCo, will be on display this weekend as a part of an interactive exhibit for World Emoji Day in New York City. But those who have the app can see it on their phones today (on both Android and iOs devices).

The exhibition, titled Love: From the Cave to the Keyboard as Imagined by Pepsi, is described as an exploration of the way that humans have communicated love through the ages, from hieroglyphics to texts. According to a press release, there will be music, a photo exhibit, a silent film screening, and a performance in sign language by cast members of the Broadway play Spring Awakening, and USA Today reports that there will also be an augmented reality component to the Betty Boop portion of the installation. The free event is open to the public starting July 16.

[h/t USA Today]

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