Supermodels join drive for women to embrace coding

What is it about models and coding? American supermodel and coding advocate Karlie Kloss has joined a growing list of high-profile female stars urging young women to take up coding, reflecting a determination to shake up the disproportionately male world of coders and tech enthusiasts.

Calling on young women to apply for Kode with Karlie scholarships, set up by the model in partnership with the Flatiron school in the US – where she spent two weeks last year learning to code – the 22-year old gave a passionate account of her own experience.

“Over the last year I started taking coding classes and realised how creative coding truly is. Code is going to continue to play a major role in defining our future. I think it’s crucial that young women learn to code as early as possible to ensure that we as young women have a voice and a stake in what the world looks like.”

Kloss joins Victoria’s Secret model Lyndsey Scott, who has also been vocal about her love of coding. The 29-year old, who holds a dual degree in computer science and theatre, continues to combine programming with her modelling work, which has included turns for big fashion names such as Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton.

In an interview with the BBC, Scott said she is always surprised at people’s shock that she can program. “I think people put too much stock in beauty and there are people [that] maybe do programming and some other things but aren’t getting the attention they deserve because they’re not a Victoria Secret model,” said Scott. “I’ve been programming longer than I’ve been modelling.”

Scott is also a mentor at Girls Who Code, an organisation that helps teenage girls to learn programming. British model Lily Cole (who created the social networking site impossible.com) and American television star and comedian Mindy Kaling are also faces seen at tech conferences as well as on magazine pages.

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