Update: Apple's update went live on April 8. The emoji are now available.
For a long time, people of all shapes, sizes, and colors could only express themselves via emoji of white people.
Our dreams of a black princess, Asian Santa Claus, and all manner of diverse emoji are soon going to be a reality:
What's sort of strange are the jaundiced emoji (that Santa on the far left). They look a bit alarming. But according to Unicode Consortium, the organization in charge of standardizing emoji, the yellow emoji are the standard emoji. Once you click on them, you will then be able to pick the skin color of the emoji you want:
Representation, even if it's in something as seemingly trivial as emoji, matters. And it's cool to see people coming around to this. In addition to emoji skin swatches, there are also going to be more flags available in the update:
Despite this progress, there are still ways emoji could be more inclusive. One Vox staffer pointed out that there still isn't an emoji for redheads, and all the emoji with jobs (hard hat and policeman) are men.