She’s the full package! Stunning supermodel Karlie Kloss is as brainy as she is beautiful, and the reported computer-programming hobbyist is bringing her love of a male-dominated field to young women with a new scholarship program. In launching Kode With Karlie, the 22-year-old will offer an opportunity for girls to attend a summer course in coding.
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“I’m so excited to partner with the Flatiron School to launch the Kode With Karlie scholarship and give 20 young women a chance to spend two weeks with other coding students learning and having fun this summer,” she told BuzzFeed. “If one girl leaves the course inspired to keep learning code, I’ll be happy!”
As outlined on the Flatiron Pre-College Academy’s website, Karlie’s donation will cover tuition for recipients to complete the two-week Intro to Software Engineering course, which teaches students to create an app. Role-model Karlie took the same course a year ago, prompting her initiative to get other women involved in the often male-dominated industry.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a fashion model or high school student, understanding code is so important because it’s the language that runs our world," she said. “ Young women are shaping the world we live in and code is a tool for us to continue to have a big voice and say in our future.”
It’s clear Karlie is looking to venture beyond the catwalk. It was announced in February that she’ll be hanging up her Victoria’s Secret wingsalong with fellow model Doutzen Kroes. High school girls aged 13 to 18 are encouraged to apply by uploading a video and telling the supermodel why they want to learn to code.