There's Finally Going To Be A Ginger Emoji

We've waited patiently for this day for years (if you consider an online campaign and a petition, as well as a shitload of angry tweets to be patient).

The day has finally come and redheads everywhere are about to get the representation they deserve.

The ginger emoji is coming.

Credit: Unicode
Credit: Unicode

Also making it onto our phone screens in 2018 will be a bald head, which is also great news for the follically challenged among us.

Unicode's Emoji 11.0 update will finally address the missing minorities, as well as adding dozens of new tiny characters.

In Scotland, where 13 percent of the population is ginger, an online petition was started demanding that the red hair colour was fairly represented.

The petition read, "Natural redheads may be rare at less than two percent of the world's population, but that is 138,000,000 iPhones waiting to happen."

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Twenty-one thousand people signed that petition.

You won't actually see the emoji on your phone for a while, however - individual manufacturers have to make their own versions, which doesn't usually take long.

Unicode are the organisation that ensures emoji work across different devices.

The update will also include a range of new faces - for partying, pleading and feeling woozy - and curly hair, white hair, and no hair at all.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

We'll be getting supervillains and superheroes, teeth and bones, test tubes and petri dishes (can't imagine those two will get used much).

Animals joining the emoji herd include badgers, peacocks, kangaroos, lobsters, llamas, and hippos.

Back in 2015 we were finally gifted with our first cheese emoji, and this year we'll also be getting cupcakes, bagels, and salt. Not long now before you can be the annoying person sending an entire shopping list in emoji.

Earlier this year, Tinder began a petition for Unicode to add interracial couples to their next update, a petition that was backed by Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

According to the Independent, Alexis, who is married to Serena Williams, said of the petition: "We want our kids to have emojis that look like their parents. Emoji are the universal language of the Internet and should reflect the modern world where interracial relationships are normal."

We imagine that one will make the next update with such big pressure behind it.

There's also a call for an allergy emoji to join the ranks - which, at a time of year when everyone is red-eyed and sneezing everywhere, seems appropriate.

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Daisy Jackson

Daisy Jackson is a freelance writer, who has previously worked at Shortlist Media and Trinity Mirror. She has written about the Manchester terror attacks and appeared on BBC Five live to discuss the aftermath, as well as interviewing an orthopaedic surgeon in Syria.

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