It took a while, but you can now personalize your emojis with hair colors ranging from black to blond. So far, redheads have been left out of the emoji universe — but that may change.
Fiery-haired emojis could be officially released next June, according to the Emoji Subcommittee of the Unicode Consortium, the group that sets the global standard for emojis.
In fact, ginger emojis were Emojipedia’s most-requested addition last year, Burge said. So what caused the delay? It came down to some tricky details.
“The implementation raises questions like which emojis should be able to have red hair, and if red hair is added, what about other hair colors or styles?” Burge said. “The current approach is to use a flexible system, which could allow any emoji to be given red hair, although no recommendations have yet been made on which emojis should be given a red hair option.”
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The new hairstyles are still subject to final approval early next year, though Burge noted that “in the past, the majority of emoji candidates have been approved.”
Burge added that unnatural hair colors such as blue or green could be added down the line if there is “sufficient demand,” but said that for now the “proposed entries for red hair, curly hair, white hair and baldness do appear to cover the majority of requests."
The (hopefully!) upcoming ginger emojis should be especially welcome news to one of our favorite redheaded celebs, Jessica Chastain, who spoke out recently about her trademark strands.
The actress revealed that she was teased for her hair shade growing up, but now embraces her gorgeous natural color and refuses to dye it for roles.
“Whatever you are ridiculed about that makes you different is what you'll celebrate in the future," she told Refinery29. "If I wanted to dye my hair, I could, but I realized that's who I am, and my differences (make me) special."
And, plenty of celebs who were born blonde, brunette or raven-haired, including Ariel Winter, Shakira and Aubrey Plaza, have embraced red locks. ("Redheads have more fun!" Shakira recently proclaimed).
Of course, “redhead” can encompass a variety of shades, from bright orange to auburn to strawberry blond, and one day, it would be amazing to see all these lovely hues represented in emoji form. But in the meantime, the new, proposed emojis are a major step for all gingerkind!