“I just wanted an emoji of me.”

Rayouf Alhumedhi, a 15-year-old Saudi girl, was creating a group chat with her friends and realized that she couldn’t find an emoji of a woman wearing a hijab (the headscarf worn by some Muslim women). Alhumedhi tried contacting Apple, but soon took matters into her own hands. She created an online campaign to explain the importance of having a hijab emoji for Muslim countries. She also created models of what the emoji would look like and submitted them to the Unicode Consortium, the organization that approves all new emojis. Apple accepted Alhumedhi’s proposal and her hijab emoji was included in a new collection of characters released over the summer. Alhumedhi hopes that the emoji will promote tolerance and “establish that notion that we are normal people carrying out daily routines just like you.”

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