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She brought diverse skin tones emoji to the iPhone. Now she’s suing Apple.

For Katrina Parrott, being invited to present her idea to Apple at its campus in Cupertino, CA, was a dream. Unfortunately, less than a year earlier, she had been laid off from her job at NASA in Texas. Then, she was discussing partnering with the Apple on an idea she had pioneered: emojis with different skin-tone options.

It’s 2013, and those tiny digital icons sent over text message, depicted people in only one skin tone. Thanks to the lack of skin-tone options, Parrott recalled her oldest daughter coming home from college and lamented that she couldn’t express herself through emojis.

A good point right? Read how she’s currently suing Apple for copyright infringement.


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