With Unicorns becoming more and more popular in modern culture, I decided to begin a search to find out where they came from, and how they became so popular.
Unicorns were first depicted in early Mesopotamian artworks but gradually made its way up to China, and India. Unicorns also appear in ancient Greece, and in Sumerian culture. One of the very first times the unicorn appears in modern culture is with the “Hunt of the Unicorn” tapestries. There were seven total tapestries in the collection. Currently, the tapestries hang in the Cloisters division of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Unicorn popularity was quite mellow for most of the 1900s. But then, in the 1990s, Lisa Frank came out with unicorn-themed school supplies. The first movie about unicorns, My Little Pony, was released in 1984, the sequel came out in 1992, and the My Little Pony TV show was released in 2011. All of these developments made unicorns much more popular in pop culture today. However, the product that had the biggest impact on popularizing Unicorns today, was the “Unicorn Frappuccino” released by Starbucks. Searches for the keyword “unicorn” on google skyrocketed in the week the colorful beverage was released.
Another way the word Unicorn can be used to describe a privately held company valued at one billion dollars. Overall the way unicorns are depicted in pop culture are as magical, valuable, and rare creatures.