Just when you thought emojis couldn’t get ANY BETTER, it has just been announced that as of next year, emojis will be available in a range of skin colours to reflect different ethnicities.
Way back in 2012, Miley Cyrus tweeted that emojis need an update: “RT if you think there needs to be an #emojiethnicityupdate”
And it seems that finally, The Unicode Consortium (the group that patrols the emoji standard – side note: how do we get on this board?!) agree with Miley by seeking to embrace ethnic diversity.
Round of applause
“People all over the world want to have emojis that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone,” said a Unicode report.
Damn straight - it's not like the world comes in one colour!
Explaining why there is currently such a lack of diversity among emojis, the report also said: “The Unicode emoji characters for people and body parts are meant to be generic yet following the precedents set by the original Japanese carrier images, they are often shown with a light skin tone instead of a more generic (inhuman) appearance.”
And although this may have made sense at the time emojis were first created, we're super excited they're finally adding some racial diversity to the characters (even if we did have to wait a few years).
Company Unicode 8.0, who will be responsible for the big (and much needed) change, said that they will add five characters which will be used to modify existing emojis. This will allow the user to create the skin tone they desire.
Cue million dancing girl emojis.
We’re just glad emojis are FINALLY reflecting the whole world.