The Unicode Consortium, which oversees emoji selection, announced the 157 new characters for its new Emoji 11.0 collection Wednesday. And with this fresh new batch comes a key addition: the long-awaited redhead emoji in a range of skin tones. For phone-carrying customers who have long felt excluded from the conversation, this news about red hair cartoon people is raining down like champagne.
Other new emoji: a smattering of superheroes, leafy greens, a paper hat topped-“party” face, a pirate flag, a pink frosted-cupcake, and a mosquito. Users will also be able to choose from bald, curly-haired and others, also in a range of skin tones. They’re all set to release in June, but won’t likely hit everyone’s phones until August or September. Despite the fact that the redhead emoji won’t be at our fingertips for months, there’s a widespread celebration online.
It may not be Holland’s Redhead Days festival, which unites natural born redheads from all corners of the earth, but it is a redhead party. It’s truly a new dawn, and a new day.
— Sarah Akins (@sakins83) February 8, 2018
It's an actual REDHEAD! Now this is appreciative! #redheademoji
— Twyla Burger (@TwylaBurger) February 8, 2018
— Amanda Post (@ajpostnews) February 8, 2018
Glad to see the new additions. The lack of redheads has seriously impacted our inter-family emoji use. But no redhead superhero ?? https://t.co/RLrDZGjNrw
— Matthew (@matty13) February 8, 2018
There is finally going to be a redhead emoji. It only took 5ever.
— Emily Chamberlain (@EChamberlain24) February 8, 2018
REDHEAD EMOJI. I WANNA CRY. https://t.co/Y9HBdFhZgJ
— lucy marie ???? (@loulovesripley) February 8, 2018
it's about time !!! as of june 2018, let it be known that i will be responding to every text and tweet with a redhead emoji bc i waited god damn long enough!!! pic.twitter.com/MFl66coxTE
— THE LOGANS (@thelogansmusic) February 7, 2018
Not everyone was thrilled with the shade.
I’ve waited too many years for a redhead emoji for them to give us this neon Chef Boyardee spaghetti-in-a-can color https://t.co/QT1dlCpbrO
— ramseY (@ramseychandler) February 7, 2018
hoe i been waiting for 2738483838 years to get a redhead emoji and y’all be giving us literal orange hair smh https://t.co/EzJ9Q7LjON
— Annemiek???? (@yesgirldemi) February 8, 2018
And in the age of a space car, some people were not about the June 2018 rollout.
— LindsayLogue (@LindsayLogueTV) February 8, 2018
But most people are pumped that they’re coming.
— Alexis Zotos (@alexiszotos) February 8, 2018
— Shane Luder (@ShaneLuder) February 8, 2018
— #ClaudineMoore (@ClaudineMoore) February 8, 2018
— Kristin Hosfelt (@kristinhosfelt) February 8, 2018
— Jenna Clay (@Jenna_Clay) February 8, 2018
Just to warn you, every single tweet/message from me starting June 2018 will feature a redhead emoji ???????????????????????????????????????? https://t.co/QZQ3i3je9W
— rachel (@Rachbythesea) February 7, 2018
People have until March to suggest new emoji in the following release.