emojisThe day has finally come: you can now send iMessages using Emojis that actually resemble your friends and family.

Apple has created 300 new Emojis, some of which highlight different races, professions, and sexualities. In addition to adding different skin tones, the iPhone creators have also added gay couples and same-sex parents to the selection of Emojis.

An Apple spokesperson told PC Magazine: “Apple supports and cares deeply about diversity, and is working with The Unicode Consortium to update the standard so that it better represents all of us.”

According to NPR, Unicode — a nonprofit that sets standards for software internationalization standards — decided upon the colors for these Emojis based upon a system created by Harvard dermatologist Thomas Fitzpatrick, the “father of academic dermatology.” He created a scale to assess how different complexions respond to UV rays. They also kept the yellow color, which has long been the standard for generic, non-human Emoji characters.

No word yet on whether or not a taco Emoji will be included, or whether or not we’ll be seeing more flags from Latin American nations. What new Emojis are you hoping to see?

Via Latina

About The Author

Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

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