karlie kloss has launched a scholarship to get more women coding
After taking coding courses herself, the supermodel wants more women to get in on the tech game.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss has created 20 Kode with Karlie scholarships in partnership with the Flatiron school in the US, in order to get more young women coding. Kloss hung up her Victoria's Secret Angel wings earlier this year so that she could focus on her studies, including coding lessons, an experience that she now wants to share with other women.
"Code is only going to continue to play a major role in defining our future," Kloss states in a video to promote the scholarships. Explaining the importance of training women in this traditionally male-dominated sphere, Kloss says: "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."
The scholarship will allow 20 young women to take their place on a two-week software engineering summer school, the very same programme Kloss studied on last year. The supermodel and social entrepreneur has shared her forays into the world of code on her Instagram, posting a video of a drone she programmed to carry a cookie. The flying treat is from her baking brand, Karlie's Kookies, the proceeds of which provide meals for children in New York City and around the world through the FEED project. What further proof is needed that the i-D cover star has beauty, brains and a big heart?
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Matt Jones
Styling Sara Moonves