The new emojis will arrive on your smartphones next year after Unicode, the international consortium that sets their global standards, proposed the 51 icons.
It will take the total number of the cartoon images, which are increasingly being used to replace words in text messages, to 1,724, The Telegraph reported.
Rayouf Alhumedhi, a 15-year-old from Germany, had campaigned for the inclusion of the character wearing a hijab emoji, proposing it to Unicode after realizing there was no emoji to represent her.
51 new emojis may be at our fingertips in 2017–including a woman in hijab. Meet the girl who made it happen: pic.twitter.com/OQ6mpJa21S
— Fusion (@Fusion) November 11, 2016
Among the list of introductions are ‘person with headscarf’, ‘breastfeeding’, ‘bearded person’, ‘older adult’, as there is no grandparent icons.
New emojis coming in 2017!
— Wan H (@MohdRizw) November 11, 2016
Other emojis that will be released in 2017 by Unicode are a head exploding, a face with open mouth vomiting and a man and woman practicing yoga.
The new list, Unicode 10, adds to efforts to make emojis more diverse. Smartphone makers have included a variety of skin tones, hair colors, cultural and religious references in recent years following claims that they reinforce stereotypes.
The other new emojis proposed include a zombie, a vampire, a person holding their finger to their mouth, and a T-Rex.
New emojis coming!! Icons proposed for 2017 include: Hijabi woman, flying saucer, zebra, zombie, breastfeeding woman and more! pic.twitter.com/XEHOOBTyrg
— AndPlus (@AndPlusLLC) November 10, 2016