Racially Diverse Emojis Are On Their Way To Your Phone!

By Alyssa Pereira

There are certainly dozens of options for food Emoji when looking for the perfect pictorial of what you ate last night. It’s not hard. Likewise, when you need a flower picture, or a puppy, or even poop, you got those on lock already.

However, there is one Emoji category that is severly lacking: faces.

To address the issue, mobile developer Unicode announced they would begin rolling out new color options to better represent a diverse community of Emoji users.

The first Emojis were initially developed for Japanese users—hence the lighter skin tone—but the program snowballed in popularity, and soon spilled over to many different countries, ethnicities, and skin tones.

“People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity,” the organization’s report says. “Especially for skin tone.”

In addition to the tones, Unicode will add 5 symbol modifiers to allow the user to select from a range of skin tones, based on the Fitzpatrick scale, which is a standard for dermatological practices.

The new skin tones will be available beginning in June 2015.

Here’s a little sample of what we’re in for:

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