Karlie Kloss, born in Chicago, is one of the world’s most popular fashion stars. In her 24 she succeed to work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel (from 2013 to 2015), walk for the most outstanding designers and be recognizable from the pages of Vogue, Allure, Vanity Fair and dozens of others. From 2015 she is a founder of Kode With Klossy camp and carrier scholarships programs for young women, desiring to learn coding.

Kode With Klossy


Model Carrier

Her model carrier dates back to 2004, when she posed for a cover and editorial shoot for Scene Magazine (June issue) in Chicago. These sheets were redirected to Elite NY, a commercial model management agency, which later invited Kloss to New York. After successful experience in New York, she walked 20 shows in Milan, and 13 in Paris for the fall 2008 collections, counting 64 shows in total. The list of brands she advertised is rather long. It includes world-famous Donna Karan, Nina Ricci, Chloé, Lacoste, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Gap, Dior, Hermes and many others. Kloss has walked for numerous designers in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, including Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Versace.


Spirit-stirring Coding

Except her model carrier, in 2015 Klossy entered the Gallatin School of Individualized Study of New York University. The same year she enrolled in Flatiron School’s two-week pre-college coding course, persecuting the aim to understand how this world really works. Such an inspiring experience made her private coding classes with Flatiron dean and cofounder Avi Flombaum happen on a regular basis. «I like knowing how apps and hardware work and why», – says Kloss. Her passion went beyond coding-learning, it made her interested in tech and business, as essential knowledge base for anybody who wants to keep up with the times. Without any doubts she decided to share her coding experience with young women and as a result she found a two-week pre-college course called Kode With Klossy.

Kode With Klossy

Secret Language

«As a model, I was meeting all these entrepreneurs and was fascinated by the things they were building. But I couldn’t understand how [these products] worked. What did they know that I didn’t? What secret language was this code thing? I follow my nerdy passions, even if they are kind of unexpected. Being true to yourself, as cheesy as that sounds, is important. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing – if you’re pretending to be something you’re not – then it’s not sustainable», – Kloss explains her intense passion in coding.


Kode With Klossy Project

Statistics shows that only 18% of computer science degrees in the US are earned by women, but at the same time startups with women leaders are more than twice likely to be successful. It means that the women’s potential in the field of coding is undervalued. Klossy strongly believes that this situation should be changed in such a manner that women understand their amazing strength as programmers. Her project called Kode with Klossy represents two scholarships for women: a camp and a carrier scholarship. The message of both these courses is to teach female participants how to code on the edge of tech and creativity, shaping our future.

Kode With Klossy

Kode With Klossy

Camp Scholarship

Coding camps scholarships are created for intelligent young women aged 13-18 in three locations: Los Angeles, New York, and Klossy’s hometown St. Louis. The educational process is based on Flatiron’s Learn.co curriculum and learning platform. By the end of two-week session participants are able to build their own web app. And if we take into consideration the fact that some participants have not experienced in coding before, this result is an impressive one.

On the official website of the project there is a video from a 2015 scholar Michelle Doan from Lawrenceville, Georgia. The girl is discussing educational opportunities for men and women and come to a conclusion that they are not equal. Michelle has a great mind to make this scale balanced.

Another participant from the same year Isabella Fons from Katy, Texas is passionate about fitness, healthy food and videography. A 15-year-old girl is dreaming to bring in life the techniques she learns coding to help people around the globe. As an example, she wants to create an app, which will assist people to make a harmonious healthy food intake.

Kode With Klossy

In the form of a ballad Amanda Southworth from Palm Desert, CA states that coding is a vital part of education in a world that does not stop and makes you keep pace with it every time. «I want to learn to code, because coding is the key to opening so many doors that we never thought possible. Now with coding, I can be the one to open doors», – says Amanda.


Carrier Scholarship

Kode With Klossy Career Scholarship provides an opportunity to complete Flatiron School’s online Full Stack Web Development Program for free. There are over 700 lessons in the Program, helping to learn coding fundamentals and build «fully functioning web apps and a massive digital portfolio of your skills on GitHub». The length of the course is 12 months with an employment 15+ hours a week. Here is the list of magic words for coding-enthusiasts, which they learn to use by the end of a program.

Kode With Klossy

A great bonus for scholars is the opportunity to apply for apprenticeships and fellowships with the program partners, which include a bi-weekly New York Magazine, a mass media company CondéNast, an influential startup WeWork and others.


The Most Inspiring Coding Role Model

Flatiron dean and cofounder Avi Flombaum is sure that «Karlie Kloss could be doing a million other things with her time, but this is what she is choosing, this is a message she’s communicating to the world: that women can do whatever they want, that they’re capable, and all they need is a little inspiration to reach out and look for something more». She sets her priorities to make irrealizable-seeming ideas real. For her the whole process of teaching should be creative. It does expand on all projects, which are planned: from creating a medicine from a disease or a fitness-promoting app (as in Isabella’s case). Such an approach is probably the result of Klossy’s fresh experiments, on the base of which the lessons are often created. For example, there can be a bright idea of computer-generated music, which Flombaum and Klossy transfer to an interesting coding task for and then deliver it to their practice-seeking students. In 2017 the number of these students is expected to be 80 (4 times more than in 2015!). This shows the popularity of the project from the side of the girls, trying their fate to deserve a «pass» for a camp scholarship, and from the side of program creators and partners as well.

Kode With Klossy


Kode With Klossy

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