Score one for racial diversity! Emojis will finally represent everyone — not just white men, brunettes, and that one Indian guy. The shorthand images, used for expressing emotion via text message and on social media, are designed by the non-profit Unicode Consortium. Unicode must have listened to the feedback of consumers who called for actually representative emoji – although they note that the characters were always meant to be generic. The new, diverse emoji are based on the Fitzpatrick scale, the dermatological standard for skin tones.
Mashable reports that with the new color scale, you may be able to “long-press on a human emoji character and bring up a palette of options.” When the new emojis roll out in 2015, we’re looking forward to seeing emojis that look more like the world around us. In addition to more racial diversitym emoji update also includes vital new emoji like shopping bags, slightly frowning face, and bed. Get ready to tell your friends you’re frowning in bed with men of all races.