It was only last summer that Apple finally introduced racially diverse emojis, allowing iPhone users to pick from various shades of skin tones ranging from white to dark brown. But racial inclusion is just the first of many requests from individuals when it comes to emojis.
Recently, Yara Shahidi, known for her co-star role on hit ABC show Black-ish and her beautiful head of curls, reminded us of this. Shadidi snapped a quick picture for the ‘Gram, showing off her envy-inducing girls with the caption, “* insert nonexistent curly hair emoji”.
With ladies embracing their curls and repping for #teamnatural at epic proportions these days, you would think a curly hair emoji would exist, right? Some may shrug it off as a simple blind statement, but representation is a major key in one feeling confident and secure in their skin — especially hair texture for young black women. With society pushing the notion of straight, non-kinky hair being the norm, showing the beauty and diversity of people should always be a factor.
Of course it’s just an emoji, but ith Dove’s Curly-Haired Emoji’s initiative, it’s about time that Apple gets on board and add a curly hair emoji, don’t you think?