We were over the moon when we learned redhead emoji were officially coming in 2018. Now, it looks like we'll see another step forward for more diverse representations of people, this time with natural hair.
On Dec. 4, Unicode Consortium (responsible for choosing emoji for all platforms) debuted its potential new ones for 2018. They won't be finalized until January 2018, but so far the curly hair emoji are a promising addition. In the proposal available to the public, the official description of these emoji says that they're "used to represent either curly or afro hair." Natural hair vlogger Ciara Anderson (this photo of her in particular) was cited as inspiration for the emoji. As with all emoji, the curls will be available on a range of skin tones.
Despite the necessary addition of natural hair to the emoji catalog, it seems Twitter was rather underwhelmed with the proposed illustration. "Sis got a whole mullet...deep down we knew this was coming," Twitter account @blkgirlculture critiqued. Many replies all had the same sentiment.
.... is that supposed to be natural hair? https://t.co/jvvXMfBTC9— Blk Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) December 6, 2017
Sis got a whole mullet.. deep down we knew this was coming pic.twitter.com/pIbbcFZ0vC— Blk Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) December 6, 2017
Haha my afro does not look like that at all. 😂
— Melanin Adventures (@melaninadvnturs) December 6, 2017
My hair does not look 👀 like that.
— Deva McLean, M.A. (@devamclean) December 6, 2017
just make the emoji with the natural hair WAY BETTER give me some curls or something .. https://t.co/uSWtyLf0jk
— noahnaomi🐢 (@sadetandrell) December 10, 2017
Others, however, were celebrating the fact that a natural hair emoji could finally be an option.
FINALLY!!! A NATURAL HAIR EMOJI! I'm tired of using the black people with straight hair https://t.co/7DtL7eiow9
— Jack Frost❄️ (@jackard__) December 6, 2017
Yasssss for the natural hair emoji!!!! ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 Black twitter would be in love lol https://t.co/wtZVsHQH62
— Jae (@JaeJeter) December 6, 2017
I'm excited about the natural hair emoji!!!! Yassss bitch! I needed something to properly express myself! https://t.co/TCg6mO8a08
— C H E L L E Z 👸🏾 (@sincerlychelle) December 7, 2017
What do you think? Are you pleased with the natural hair emoji or think it could be better? Sound off in the comments.