Saudi teenager creates hijab emojis

Saudi teenager creates hijab emojis

"It's about recognition"

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

Discovering an unrepresented niche in the digital market, a Saudi girl is trying to create change with a proposal for new emojis.

Kim Kardashian, Michael Jackson and The Beatles have their own emojis, and now the Muslim community is set to have their own digital representation thanks to 15-year-old, Rayouf Alhumedhi from Saudi Arabia.

"A year ago, my friends were creating this group chat on Whatsapp where we used emojis to represent the name of the group chat. I obviously had no enoji to represent me," said Berlin-based Alhumedhi. "That night I wrote to Apple complaining why there is no headscarf emoji, as there's no reason not to have it. That led to nowhere but three weeks ago I saw on Mashable Snapchat story about how you're actually supposed to submit a proposal to add an emoji. That night I typed the proposal for an hour and half."

The proposal, which now has the backing of Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, as well as the Founder of Emojination Jennifer8.Lee, is currently undergoing final changes and is scheduled to be formally submitted in November to Unicode Consortium, the organisation that both reviews and develops new emojis. An excerpt from the proposal reads, "We applaud Unicode for the diversification of emojis in recent years. However, this does not mean it should stop now. With the amount of differences in this world, we must be represented." Watch this space.

Meanwhile, take a look at the new emojis released as part of Apple's latest update.