International Supermodels Support Girls Learning to Code

Image source: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/25/supermodels-join-drive-women-embrace-coding

Image source: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/25/supermodels-join-drive-women-embrace-coding

Supermodels around the world are promoting teaching girls to code. Karlie Kloss, the 22-year-old American supermodel, recently learned to code at the Flatiron school. She was so inspired by her experience that she started the Kode with Karlie scholarships for the same school.

“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,” she says.

Lyndsey Scott, a Victoria’s Secret model and programmer, also supports involving more girls in coding as a mentor at Girls Who Code. “I’ve been a programmer longer than I’ve been modeling,” she says in reference to her work for fashion houses such as Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton. She also mentions the fact that her role as a Victoria’s Secret model helps her spread this message.

Model Lily Cole and actress and fashion icon Mindy Kaling also encourage girls to code. Lily developed impossible.com, a social networking site, and Mindy attends tech conferences.

Others in the fashion world applaud their efforts. The group mobile manager at Net-a-Porter, Sarah Watson, considers having more females on the technology team at the company to improve “results and creativity.” She says, “Having a superstar role model raise the profile of development can only be a good thing.”

The stylish co-founder of Decoded, Kathryn Parsons, also thinks Karlie’s and others’ support for girls in ICT can help break barriers and increase women’s confidence. “Karlie Kloss might make a lot of women consider that they might give coding a go. Anything that can break up who it is for or should be for is incredibly valuable,” she says.

She goes on to emphasize that this movement is about more than getting more women to code, but is rather “part of a larger shift to address inequalities in work and society.” “What Karlie is doing is brave, pioneering and pushing in the right direction to inspire a whole generation to aspire.”

Source: Ami Sedghi, The Guardian