Superstar Supermodels: Karlie Kloss's Kode with Klossy
Prompted by a super adorable Instagram video with Bill Nye and the White House (yes, Karlie, this is "L I F E G O A L S." to a T!), I did some online digging around to explore the amazing work Karlie Kloss has been doing of late. Her Kode with Klossy CS classes and scholarship initiative and recent involvement with the White House Science Fair typify Karlie Kloss as a Superstar Supermodel.
Her Kode with Klossy scholarship program and coding camp for middle and high school aged girls extends the typically female-foreign field of computer science to young and motivated girls who may have struggled to gain access to this field before. This Tech Crunch Interview gets into Karlie's motivations and own experience learning Ruby on Rails at the Flatiron School. She has experienced much positive feedback from her peers and coworkers in the fashion and modeling industry, further fueling her desire to spread coding to even more girls. Extremely driven by the empowering feeling coding gives her, Karlie is launching three Coding Summer Camps with scholarships this summer in St. Louis, New York, and Los Angeles for girls aged 13 to 18. The previous camp's scholars' application videos are also available on the Kode with Klossy site (and definitely worth a watch when you're needing a dose of female empowerment!).
This past week, Karlie continued her empowerment of young girls and encouragement for the STEM industries at the White House Science Fair. Documented via Snapchat and Instagram (both @karliekloss), the model engaged with students and scholars of all ages and backgrounds as they presented their projects and research in D.C. In combination with the annual Science Fair, the Obama administration actively promotes the “Educate to Innovate” campaign and goal of extending opportunities for computer science education to every child.
The need for increased women representation in STEM fields (among the many other feminist movements) is not new news. The initiatives of the influential role models, such as Karlie Kloss, that extend education and empower young women show how closing the gender gap can be made possible.