New symbols are coming to Emoji 5.0, including vampires, zombies, merpeople, and bearded men. But, what were most excited for are all the new options for women! Not only will there be a breastfeeding option, there's also a woman in a headscarf, and even emojis that depict women of all different ages!
These are just a few of the 69 individual symbols with varying skin tone and gender being offered in the new Emoji 5.0 from the Unicode Consortium's 10th update.
Last year a head covering emoji was proposed by 15-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi, and making this update a victory for representation. Icons are now available for UFOs, the sport of curling, and the elderly, each of which will should make a group of very passionate people very happy. There will also be dinosaurs, dumplings, cussing, and hedgehogs. Oh, and a barfing emoji... I'm also kind of shocked this hasn't been added yet:
At the very least, we see it as a welcome response to the tired tropes of vampires and zombies, as well as universally hated artifacts like candy cane socks, bearded men, and yoga.
In a twist, the Unicode Consortium seems to have made a political statement in the latest update by offering separate flags for the countries of England and Scotland. Scotland is in the process of organizing a referendum to leave the United Kingdom, and this seems like a stance in favor of, or at least preparing for, separation. Based on UK Prime Minister's Theresa May's attempts to block the vote, these emojis might inspire the most appropriate use of the vomit emoji after all. Check out concept renditions of the full set, which will be available later this year, in a convenient video here by Emojipedia:
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