The new set of Apple emojis is reported to include a woman wearing a hijab, a nod to the world's second most popular religion and a small challenge to a political climate that is none too kind to Muslims.
Representation is a key part of fostering a more open-minded and inclusive world, and since people touch their phones an estimated 2,617 times a day on average, smartphones are an excellent place to start.
The hijab emoji is just one of the diverse new additions, some reflective of current social battles and others reflective of a whimsical mind. The Unicode Consortium approved 56 new emojis, among them a woman breastfeeding and a genderless individual. Some of the more fanciful and silly updates include a merperson, a mage, and an elf, as well as a plethora of new faces and food.
Apple announced that these emojis will be available later this year, so get those texting fingers ready because your emoji game just got a lot more progressive.
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