Saturday 12 November 2016

Hijabi Emoji Will Be Available For iPhone From Next Year


Hijabi emoji will be available for iPhone from next year a victory for a Muslim teenager.

The Unicode Consortium also recently approved a selection of same-sex couple emoji and a rainbow flag, which is commonly used by the LGBT movement as a symbol of gay pride.

However, until now, there has been nothing to represent Muslim women, so earlier this year, 15-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi launched a campaign for a hijab emoji.

Rayouf lives in Berlin, but is originally from Saudi Arabia, and drafted the proposal to the Unicode Consortium after a WhatsApp conversation with her friends.

Like a lot of teenagers, they began referring to each other with emojis during their text chats, but Rayouf struggled to find a character that she identified with.

"I wanted something to represent me, alongside the millions of women who wear the headscarf every day, and pride themselves on wearing the headscarf," she told the Washington Post .

Now the Unicode Consortium has announced the 51 new emoji approved for inclusion in the Unicode 10 release next year - and sure enough, "person with headscarf" is among them.

Other additions include an emoji for breastfeeding, which is bound to be popular with new mums, as well as emoji depicting palms raised up together, and a person in a lotus position.

There are also 36 new face emoji coming, including "grinning face with star eyes", "smiling face with hand putting on makeup", "face with open mouth vomiting", and "shocked face with exploding head".

Food highlights include pie, pretzel and sandwich, and in the animal category giraffe, zebra, hedgehog and t-rex have been added. There's also several mythical creatures including fairy, vampire, genie and zombie.

The full list of emoji included in the Unicode 10 release is available here.



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