An Evil Eye and a Bald Head – Meet the New Wave of (More Inclusive) Emojis

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Every time there’s an update that brings us more emojis, we’re utterly thankful. How else would we express our love for guacamole without the avocado?

Apple celebrated World Emoji Day this week by releasing 70 new options, and we couldn’t help but notice how much more inclusive the latest offering was. Alongside new options like cold face, party face, pleading face, and a new heart face, you’ll also find more emojis to identify with. If you were previously struggling with the limited options of black, blonde, or brunette lob, you’ll be glad to know that the update to iOS 12 makes wavy locks, grey tresses, and even a ginger ‘do possible now. Perhaps even better is the possibility of giving your character no hair; both males and females are able to appear bald, proof that the tech brand is doing all it can to include a range of appearances in the fun you can have on ‘iPhone’, ‘iPad’, ‘Mac’, and ‘Apple Watch’.

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In 2017, the hijabi emoji was approved when Rayouf Alhumedhi – a teenage girl from Saudi Arabia who, most recently, lead her country’s soccer team out onto the pitch in the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening game in Russia – expressed her struggles identifying with any of the options that Apple offered. The 2018 update will see the addition of yet another regionally relevant emoji in the form of the evil eye, or Nazar amulet, symbol.

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