I was super excited when Unicode released emojis in different skin tones. Finally! Some representation. I couldn’t wait to use all the brown-skinned emojis to match my photos on Instagram. But even in my excitement, I couldn’t help but notice that the emojis were still rocking straight hair. And while there are plenty of brown-skinned folks with pin-straight strands, there are plenty whose hair has a little more texture. OK, a lot more.
To their credit, the folks at Unicode seem to be working towards more inclusion when it comes to their emojis. They’ve released gender-neutral emojis, a ton of working woman emojis, and even zombies (because zombies were once people too). But the curly, coily, and kinky folks of the world have been waiting for an emoji to match their hairstyle for a hot minute now. And Unicode has heard their cries, releasing a mock-up of some of the emojis they’re considering for 2018. Yes, friends, included with the red hair and bald emojis are a male and female emojis to represent those with curly or afro-textured hair.
Unicode revealed that they were considering a curly emoji months ago, but you can imagine not only my excitement but also how hyped curly and kinky folks all over the globe are about this news. When you’re considered the exception and not the norm, something as simple as being able to use an emoji that looks like you is a major win. I was all ready to share twist-out secrets with my new emoji and slather her down with coconut oil. Until I actually saw the emoji.
What in the Jacksons “Victory Tour” heck is this?!?!?!
I’m still here trying to figure out how that emoji looks anything like her gorgeous, voluminous coils. The shape is nowhere near the same. I cannot. I mean, it’s a start I guess, but it’s clear that there is still a ton of work to be done. And it seems the internet agrees. Tons of people took to the internet to voice their, uh, opinions on our new textured diva.
Still, others are excited, at least, for the representation.
Now, as the Unicode document notes, these new emojis are proposals. Perhaps after hearing all the feedback, they may decide to modify the curly-haired emoji. Because let’s be real, sis really can’t be out here looking like an ’80s music video reject — it wouldn’t be fair to all the girls around with world with curls or kinks (or both) for days.
But if Unicode is looking for a place to start, perhaps they can get some inspiration from this super cute $12 afro emoji pin from Pin Vibes L.A.:
Here’s to hoping the next version of the emoji will be looking a lot more fleeky.
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