There Is No Headscarf Emoji, But A 15-Year-Old Is Trying To Change ThatSeptember 13, 2016
Imagine swiping through your phone keyboard and not seeing a single emoji that represents you — like, at all. That feeling is all too familiar to 15-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi, so she decided to propose a new emoji she'd love to use in her text messages someday: a person wearing a headscarf.
Since emojis are so integral to conversation these days, Alhumedhi felt pretty excluded from the fun when she realized such an important part of her identity wasn't represented on the keyboard. Her proposal, which she submitted to the Unicode Consortium, explains the significance of some kind of head covering to many of the world's religions, including Islam, Orthodox Judaism, Orthodox Christianity and Catholicism.
"Roughly 550 million Muslim women on this earth pride themselves on wearing the hijab," her proposal states. "With this enormous number of people, not a single space on the keyboard is reserved for them."
They don't have a hijab emoji. pic.twitter.com/brv8IhjTR2— TheTwins (@mariantwinettes) March 26, 2016
My friend Asma wears a hijab and I love her emoji modification 💖 pic.twitter.com/1S44xw6hzC— serena (@Sereeeeeeeeenaa) July 18, 2016
Alhumedhi, a high school student in Germany who is originally from Saudi Arabia, wants her headscarf emoji to be compatible with the already existing skin tone modifier emojis, so it would be just like dressing an emoji.
"We applaud Unicode for the diversification of emojis in recent years," Alhumedhi writes in her proposal. "However, this does not mean it should stop now. With the amount of difference in this world, we must be represented."
On Snapchat, the Bitmoji extension includes a hijab option, and that's clearly making some people very happy.
When u can put a hijab on ur emoji and ur beyond happy cuz u can never do that with other avatars pic.twitter.com/zOVgqJ2QjJ— Scary Spice (@suhamusa23) July 16, 2016
So that's just another reason to build it into the emoji keyboard.
I'd like a hijab emoji. It's about damn time for my friends to change that turban emoji next to my name smh— Eid Mubarak 🎉❤️ (@Kissmynazz) September 14, 2016
People are READY.
This should've BEEN DONE https://t.co/I1yLgEV1nQ— D (@okaydawnae) September 14, 2016
Ayy I'm for it✊🏾https://t.co/XPFU6hhaUo— wordsmith (@The_Saint_Bert) September 14, 2016
*Emoji illustrations by Aphelandra Messer