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Racially diverse emojis are on the way

The Unicode Consortium wants to update the system with five skin tones. Get ready for a black version of dancing woman in red dress

People have been grumbling for some time now that emojis are too white. There currently aren't any emojis that reflect black, Asian or Latino users, but that's all set to change: the Unicode Consortium, the industry body that regulates the pictoral symbols, has just announced its intentions to include five skin tones in the Unicode standard. That means you'll finally get a more multicultural look on all platforms that support emoji, including Android or Apple smartphones. 

"People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone," Unicode Consortium wrote in a draft of its report. "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, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette."

Unicode Version 8.0 will add a a skin tone modifier to its system, which means that every human emoji – like dancer in a red dress or praying hands – will be available in its original white skin colour as well as four other shades. 

Everyone from Miley Cyrus to actor Tahj Mowry have complained about the lack of diversity in emojis. Back in April, Apple pledged to work with the Unicode Consortium on giving the system an urgent ethnicity update

The update is currently only in its draft stages and there is no set date for when Version 8.0 will come into play. But it all sounds pretty promising, right?