Making glasses cool over emojis, a 13-year-old girl's fight
Emojis wearing glasses are stereotypical, according to Lowri Moore.
Lowri Moore, a British schoolgirl, has been fighting for years to free children who wear glasses from being stigmatized. His last battle: to obtain the creation of emojis more representative of young people wearing glasses.
At just 13 years old, the young girl can already boast of having inspired the American giant Disney for his film Encanto, whose heroine wears glasses. Its GlassesOn campaign has been a huge success with thousands of young people and parents around the world.
Another organization is in its sights: the Unicode Consortium, responsible for creating the emojis.
Lowri, from Nottinghamshire in central England, wrote to the California-based organization to create an option to add glasses to existing emojis.
< p class="e-p">People believe that children who wear glasses don't face any stigma these days, but in reality, many refuse to wear them for fear of looking “different or different and uncool”, says the schoolgirl met by AFP.
Studies show that children who wear glasses are 35% more likely to be bullied at school.
However, not Failure to wear glasses when required can have damaging consequences. You cannot learn properly, and it will limit your opportunities, and you will no doubt have great difficulty in life because you have not worn your glasses. It's not fair, Lowri indignantly.
The girl's fight for emojis came to her when her mother, Cyrilyn, tried to find an emoji representing her daughter.
She looked at those who could have represented me, but she only found a nerd picture. As she continued to search, she came across a grandmother and a teacher, which obviously didn't represent [her] at all, Lowri recalls.
It doesn't send a very positive image, so we're just asking that an option exist to add glasses over existing emojis, she explains, showing a copy of the letter she sent at the Unicode Consortium.
“I would like to see an option to add glasses to emoji faces, as we can already change the color of their skin or hair.
The only current emoji that exists for children can be harmful to them, because it participates in the dissemination of a negative stereotype which is very difficult to destroy, she added in this letter, of which she sent on Wednesday a copy to the London headquarters of Google and Meta.
Lowri's fight began in 2019, when she wrote a letter to entertainment giant Disney asking it to show more characters wearing glasses in his films.
Two years later, the heroine of the film Encanto, Mirabel Madrigal, appeared on the screens with glasses. Its director, Jared Bush, admitted to having been inspired by the letter from the British schoolgirl.
The animated film “Encanto” hits theaters on November 24, 2021.
I am your biggest fan, you are very inspiring to me, he replied, adding that he would have liked to have warned her, but that he had to keep it a secret until the film is released.
For her work, Lowri was chosen this year as Activist of the Year by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
For children who need them, not wearing glasses can prevent them from developing their sight properly and cause problems preventable health risks.
IAPB's Jessica Thompson says Lowri's activism helps bring these dangers to light.
If you have trouble seeing, you have trouble learning, she summarizes to AFP. Wearing glasses is the most effective health gesture for schoolchildren and schoolgirls, because it reduces the risk of school failure by 44%, she adds.