Probably not everybody knows that supermodel Karlie Kloss, who recently joined Mango for the New Metallics campaign, not only is a fashionable It girl, but a clever nerd too. Kloss has, in fact, always been interested in science, math and especially coding, and is currently working on getting her bachelor’s degree at Gallatin School of Individualized Study of New York University. To further set the good example for teenage girls, who are interested in math and coding too, Karlie Kloss has just launched a summer coding camp named Kode with Karlie with the aim of offering scholarships to 80 young girls, who are interested in Software Engineering and Computer Science. The two-week coding camp is organized in partnership with the Flatiron School in New York City, and can be followed on the main social media through the hashtag #KodewithKarlie.
“Since I started coding, I’ve learned a lot that feeds back into my work in the fashion industry. The magazines I shoot for and the brands I work with are driven by what’s happening in the tech world. When I’m in a meeting with one of my fashion partners, having a technical understanding of how it all works makes me a stronger businesswoman;” revealed Kloss who, besides modeling, studying and organizing summer camps, already is a busy businesswoman indeed, working on her Youtube channel and future career.
While most of her fellow colleagues build their future careers within the beauty industry (just think of Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics), Kloss seems to be willing to take another path. That doesn’t, however, mean one shouldn’t consider taking both coding classes while studying hard to receive a Fashion Studies degree at the same time, since knowing how to code could definitely be a life-changing hack that could come in handy in any situation.
“Ten years ago, it might have been this weird thing for a model to be taking computer science classes, but the industry is very tech friendly today. When I started modeling, fashion week was this very exclusive thing. You weren’t allowed to say anything about the designer’s collections to anyone. Now, I walk in shows that are live-streamed on Periscope and teased out on Instagram. The fashion industry has changed a lot over the last few years because of technology;” Kloss told the Techcrunch.
Helping young girls nurture their hobbies and maybe future academic fields is, however, one of the most important things Kloss will ever do, especially because of the huge gender gap between boys and girls that still exists in fields, such as math and science. Kloss knows it can be hard for some girls to pursue their dreams, and all she wants to do is encourage them.
“If you can learn how to write code, or at least, gain an understanding of how it works at a high level, then you open yourself up to more opportunities in your career and life. We need more women studying code in school and working as programmers in every industry. As technology changes the way our world operates, tech companies will have more influence on our lives — it’s important that women are part of that equation. My goal is for Kode With Klossy to introduce and teach coding to a handful of the girls who will make up that next generation of change-makers;” continued Kloss in her inspiring interview with the Techcrunch.
If you are a teenager and interested in Kloss’ camp, make sure to apply here!
Photo courtesy of @karliekloss