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Late last March, Apple announced its plans to diversify its selection of emoji. As of today, there are 58 different smiley faces, 32 "humans," nine cats with feelings (obviously), three monkeys, two devils, a skull, an alien, and one smiling poop. Of the 32 "humans," two of them are racially diverse.
Katie Cotton, Apple's VP of worldwide corporate communications told MTV: "There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard." (The Unicode is a standard necessary to display the graphics across multiple platforms.) No word has been uttered since the announcement regarding what the new guard will consist of, but it's safe to assume the ratio of racially diverse humans will equal out.
But, what about bacon? Let's be real here: A bacon emoji would do the world wonders, and there has yet to be a sizzling lil' graphic to illustrate our need for brunch and hangover cures. Come to think of it, add in a "d'oh" face, Champagne bottle, a burrito, and the pre-existing sunglasses face and you've basically illustrated a casual Sunday brunch in New York City. All that because a bacon emoji exists. Just imagine the conversations we could all be having if these other nine fictional emoji existed.
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