After years of campaigning, Emojipedia has, today, released the listof 67 emoji under consideration for 2018’s drop of new icons – and amongst them is a redheaded woman and man.
The redhead emoji will be presented at the subcommittee’s fourth-quarter meeting later this year, and if approved, will likely appear on iPhone user’s keyboards in early 2018.
Despite Apple recently rolling out several gender and race-inclusive updates to the emoji family, redheads have long been missing from the mix.
There was global outcry earlier in the year when Apple unveiled its IOS 10.2 software update, which notably snubbed a long-standing Change.org petition for the tech giant to develop a ginger emoji.
Just 1 to 2 per cent of the population is born with red hair, but that means as many as 138,000,000 iPhones are crying out for a ginger-friendly update. That’s also not to mention those who choose to dye their hair in shades of red, copper and tangerine.
Unsurprisingly, the news of a red-haired icon on the horizon has been greeted with excitement over social media.
‘Woke up to news that there is finally going to be a redhead emoji. It’s about time!,’ wrote one excited user.
At the moment, it looks as though the new ginger options will only be rolled be out across the standard woman and man icons.
Also up for consideration is a curly hair emoji, a woman’s flat shoe, a kangaroo, a skateboard and a frowning pile of poo.