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The 51 new designs are making the emoji world more inclusive.
Bianca Soldani

15 Nov 2016 - 3:10 PM  UPDATED 15 Nov 2016 - 3:18 PM

Headscarf-wearing women are coming to a phone near you after the very first hijab emoji was approved by the Unicode Consortium, the body that reviews and develops new emojis.

The original design comes in both a male and female version across a range of different skin tones and is the work of Muslim teenager Rayouf Alhumedhi.

Saudi Arabian born Rayouf lives in Germany and spent her school holidays creating the icon so that she and women from other faiths including Judaism, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism, who also cover their heads, could be represented.

She told CNN earlier this year that she "wanted an emoji of me" and hopes that it promotes tolerance as "once people realise that people wearing headscarves are not just people on the news and once they begin to show up on out phones, that will establish that notion that we are normal people carrying out normal routines just like you."

The headscarf emoji is one of 51 that have been accepted and will be added to the next Unicode update.

They also include a breastfeeding emoji, a palms up together symbol – which they note is “used for prayer in some cultures” – and non-gender specific people.

A giraffe face, flying saucer, merperson, vampire, pretzel and shocked face with an exploding head, also made the list however redheads seem to have missed out.

The successful designs were chosen from over 150 proposals that were submitted to Unicode, but while they will feature on their next update, there is no guarantee all smart phone brands will include them in their emoji keyboard.

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