Julie Bishop Describes Serious Diplomatic Relationships With Emoji

Exclusive: World’s first political emoji interview.

Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, simply loves using emojis to make a point. In a BuzzFeed News exclusive, we sat down with her for the world’s first political emoji interview.

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1. We started off with a simple one to get the ball rolling.

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2. But it turns out that her emoji patronus is a monkey.

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3. When asked to hand out emoji spirit animals to others, she gave prime minister Tony Abbott the running man. Is he running to his right?

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4. And the man tipped to challenge Abbott for the top job got the iPhone. Is that because he loves working the phones?

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5. Meanwhile, she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin is embodied in the red-faced angry man.

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6. Bishop is famous for her morning running routine. Does she enjoy a dance also? Maybe.

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7. And when it comes to her downtime…

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8. …she’s just like us tbh.

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9. But what about some serious emoji-plomacy? Let’s put Australia’s relationships into perspective.

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10. Then there’s Australia’s biggest trading partner and Asian neighbour.

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11. Australia’s most intense relationship at the moment is with Indonesia, which is set to execute two Australians for drug smuggling. The presence of “pensive face” is telling here.

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12. Bishop’s position on marriage equality is “open hands”, which in this case could be interpreted as “jazz hands”.

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13. The other elephant in the room is Bishop’s soaring popularity, which comes as Abbott’s sinks. So does she want his job?

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14. And finally, we found out her secret weapon emoji.

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It’s the emoji mind of Australia’s forward-thinking foreign minister.

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Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
 
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