Soon you may be able to send your friends emoji that look a little more like you.
The Unicode Consortium, which sets the international standards for characters such as emoji, proposed an update on Monday that would introduce diversity to the emoticons.
"People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone," the proposal said.
Emoji are popular among users, who include them in text messages and posts on
Though emoji characters are meant to be generic, the report noted, the images are often shown with a lighter skin tone, leaving out a swath of other human appearances. Companies such as Apple, which earlier this year said it was working to add more characters, are unable to make these changes to emoji diversity on their own.
Unicode 8.0, scheduled for mid-2015, would add five modifiers providing for a range of skin tones for human emoji, the organization said. Those characters are based on the six tones of the Fitzpatrick scale -- a recognized standard for dermatology.
But, the organization admitted, there are many other types of diversity -- hair styles, facial hair and body types, for example -- that it can't code.