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
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