Times Magazine Has Listed The Saudi Girl Who Created the Hijab Emoji Amongst The Most Influential Teenagers Of 2017

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Earlier last year, Rayouf Alhumedhi, a young Saudi student in Berlin, Germany, was trying to start a group chat on WhatsApp with her friends when she realized something important was missing.

Her friends decided to title the group chat by using an emoji that represented each of their faces.

For Alhumedhi, who wears a hijab headscarf, this wasn’t so easy

Though emoji has options for turbans, detective fedoras, and police officer caps there’s no option for the traditional headscarf worn by around 550 million Muslim women in the world

So Alhumedhi took matters into her own hands.

She proposed the new emoji sign for Unicode 10 and it was eventually successfully approved.

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Time magazine is now listing the 16-year-old Saudi girl on its “30 Most Influential Teens” list for 2017

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