I discovered in my Facebook news stream a new set of emojis that are High quality 3D character design, with dozens of afro-textured natural styles, several different melanin rich complexions.
The Napturalista Moji are bright, expressive and dynamic and much more alive and vibrant that the traditional emojis out there.
According to the “about” page on its website, “Napturalista Moji was inspired by Black women of the Natural Hair movement and created as a unique way to foster a healthy appreciation for the natural beauty Black women/girls possess in this digital age.”
The founders add:
“We’ve worked diligently to develop awe-inspiring emoji stickers in different skin complexions and various natural hairstyles that Black women around the globe can identify with and be proud of.”
I love the cornrows, twists, and various braids that are available as options on the various figures that are meant to supplement your text conversations.
The creators, a trio of sisters, who together with a small team, decided to tackle the problem of black women and girls being “relegated to the margins in conversations of beauty, desirability and worth.”
They had a Kickstarter campaign back in Spring and raised about $5,000 of the $20,000 goal before canceling it, but I’m glad they managed to come thru with a minimum viable project, launch and are making headway in the market.
I downloaded the free app which has in-app purchases for more styles, options and characteristics.
The company also sells puff caps for thick hair and protective styling, lapel pins, patches and novelty graphic tee-shirts with fun sayings like Wash Day and Chill, Melanin, Rooting for Everybody’s Naps. and more!
Check them out at Napturalistamoji.com
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