The headscarf-wearing emoji was approved by Unicode, a non-profit international consortium, in November last year after 15-year-old Saudi student living in Germany campaigned for its inclusion.
Many tweeted how excited they were to see "diversity in emoji."
They are coming out with a woman wearing a hijab and a breastfeeding mom emoji My faith in humanity is slowing being restored— ANEGIRL (@haanetaitano) July 18, 2017
But the emoji also sparked negative reactions online, with some calling the hijab "a symbol of oppression."
the hijab is a symbol of oppression. by including it as an emoji you are showing your support for the oppression of women.— Joeymp (@joeymp123) July 17, 2017
There should be no emoji for women oppression (hijab). Shame on you, Apple.— Vegaytarier (@Vegaytarier) July 18, 2017
Others couldn't simply couldn't get why people were getting so worked up over an emoji.
The hijab emoji looks cute I'm glad they're making one why are ppl pissed smh lol— gabrielle (@sleepygab) July 18, 2017
Among the other emojis are a woman breastfeeding and a man meditating. They're a clear hit:
This yogi is feeling the meditation seated emoji— Exavier Pope (@exavierpope) July 17, 2017
Already my new favorite emoji. pic.twitter.com/ePDzyLx6Ez— Bobby Caruso (@BobbysByline) July 17, 2017
Aaah yes, finally a way to express my state of mind. pic.twitter.com/3Jyju7qiQp— Wouter (@Gualtherus) July 17, 2017
Already, requests are pouring in for future updates. They include a red-head emoji, a curly hair emoji and even a request for an emoji featuring Shah Rukh Khan in his signature arms wide open pose:
We want curly hair emojis too! Plssssss— Maral (@maralkalajian) July 17, 2017
Eccole ahahah pic.twitter.com/0ULhPkqgZj— Michela ONE (@MichelaBattiato) July 17, 2017
where is the sobbing on the floor with cookie dough emoji— Gobshite (@EmilyLeskovac44) July 17, 2017
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