If you’re a curly-haired chick, texting may feel a bit exclusionary since there’s no emoji that represents your billowy curls. The University of Toronto partnered with Dove to launch their “Love Your Curls” emoji keyboard that features 27 curly emoticons representing diverse skin tones and all curly hair types.
“One in three women in the United States have curly or wavy hair, yet there are zero images of these women today in the increasingly common language of emojis,” said Rob Candelino, the vice president of haircare at Unilever, in a press release. “That felt wrong to us, so we are fixing it and hope by doing so, we will continue inspiring all women to love their curls.”
According to Sali A. Tagliamonte, a professor of linguistics at the University of Toronto, “emoji use is deeper than simple image, they are symbolic of self.” Dove polled 1,500 women to survey their emoji usage and found most “feel the existing female emojis underrepresent their hair type.”
You can download the Love Your Curls’ Emojis’ keyboard in the App Store and Google Play.