Get with the program, girls – supermodel Karlie Kloss

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Get with the program, girls – supermodel Karlie Kloss

Coding is the key to empowering young women

Rebecca Deuchar

‘At its core it’s a language’ – Karlie Kloss on coding
Supermodel Karlie Kloss is bridging the worlds of high fashion modelling and computer programming in an effort to empower young women.  
Kloss became passionate about code four years ago after meeting tech entrepreneurs Joe Gebbia, founder of Airbnb, and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom. The model explained to the Business of Fashion founder and chief executive Imran Amed: “I wanted to understand what they knew that I didn’t, and what most of the world doesn’t.”After her first class Karlie realised the power of coding. “If you can understand how things work and how they are built, you can build anything yourself.”
Using this premise and the fact that women are historically underrepresented in technology, she founded the non-profit organisation Kode With Klossy in 2015 as a means to teach young women to code and be leaders in the tech industry.Kode With Klossy hosts summer coding camps for women aged 15 to 18, creating a space where they can learn and thrive. “Knowledge is a power and I think this is a really empowering thing for these young women,” says Kloss.  She wants to show women that coding can be applied in creative ways, particularly within the fashion industry where there is still so much space for technological innovation.Speaking about women, Kloss says: “Our brains are just wired differently; we problem-solve differently. And ultimately, that’s what code is: it’s creative problem-solving. Having more women and girls in the conversation, at the table when you are building algorithms, when you are problem-solving — we are going to come up with different ways to get to the answer.”

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