Lyndsey Scott, the first black model hired as an exclusive for Calvin Klein back in 2009, has made her mark on the tech world this week. The 29-year-old has revealed that she spends her down-time coding.
While Skyping with Scott, I found it hard to imagine her hunched over a computer screen filled with code lines, rocking Urkel-style glasses with tape down the middle. But that’s what makes her so intriguing: she confounds the stereotypes of both models and programmers.
She graduated from Amherst in 2006 with a dual-degree in computer science and theater. “I got better grades in computer science than theater,” Scott says. “I picked it up so quickly.”
During her early days modeling, her parents would not-so-subtly nudge her back to her comp-sci roots. “For the first two years after college, my parents would slip fliers under my door for various jobs that maybe they had heard about in computer science,” Scott says.
But she resisted the pressure, and in early 2009 she got her big break with Calvin Klein. She was the first ever African American to get an exclusive contract with the company for New York Fashion Week.
After that, Scott’s modeling career blew up. She walked for Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Vera Wang, and Fendi in Fashion Weeks all over the world. The cherry on top was being picked to walk in the famous Victoria’s Secret show.
We love to see models smashing through stereotypes and exploring their passions!