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16-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi was creating a group chat with her friends on Whatsapp when she was struck by the fact that there was no emoji that looked like her.

鈥淭he fact that there wasn鈥檛 an emoji to represent me and the millions of other hijabi women across the world was baffling to me,鈥 she told CNN. 鈥淚 just wanted an emoji of me.鈥

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She decided right then and there that this had to change. The Saudi-born teen, who now lives in Berlin, wrote up a quick proposal and sent it off to The Unicode Consortium, the non-profit corporation that approves and designs new emojis.

Unicode immediately paid attention. They paired Alhumedhi with a designer and the result was the new hijab emoji announced yesterday as part of World Emoji Day (yes, that really is a thing). Apple will release it, along with a bunch of other new emoji characters, later this year on all their devices.

Alhumedhi is super happy with the result 鈥 which she saw for the first time yesterday, along with the rest of the world.

There鈥檚 been a ton of support online for the new hijab emoji, along with plenty of backlash.

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the website with Alhumedhi. Many commenters posted that were resistant to the idea, with some arguing that 鈥渨earing the hijab is not a free choice鈥 but rather 鈥渟ocially coerced.鈥 Yet others called the headscarves 鈥減art of patriarchal constructs that oppress women.鈥

But not every commenter sided with the naysayers. 鈥淚 think you鈥檙e looking at this issue from the perspective of a white westerner,鈥 one person shot back. 鈥淪o, since you seem to be a feminist, wouldn鈥檛 you agree that part of feminism is being able to wear whatever you want, whenever you want, without fear of judgment?鈥

Alhumedhi鈥檚 aware that not everyone鈥檚 on board with her new emoji. She still hopes that once the hijab character appears in our devices, 鈥渢hat will establish that notion that we are normal people carrying out daily routines just like you,鈥 she told CNN.

Unicode鈥檚 been pumping out plenty of new official emoji lately鈥 as of June, there are 2,666 emoji total. It鈥檚 also been trying to include a greater variety of flags, skin colors, and jobs.

Sure they鈥檙e just little drawings. But in our emoji-obsessed world, a hijab character definitely signals better representation for Muslim ladies all over the globe.

What do you think of the new hijab emoji? Tell us @BritandCo.

(Hijab emoji image via Unicode)