Lyndsey Scott is a computer programmer, master of coding languages, and the creator of multiple applications, including one for the non-profit Educate! that lets you learn about and fund youth education in Africa. But, Lyndsey isn’t your “typical” coder, she also happens to be a top model, working the runway for brands such as Victoria Secret, Gucci and Prada. Lyndsey breaks the mold when it comes to what’s expected when you think of a computer programmer, and we love it!
Often the victim of bullying, Lyndsey got her start coding in middle school, programming games on her TI-89 calculator, “I just thought of it as a way to create cool games to play with, I didn’t know I was actually coding,” she’s said about her first foray into the tech world.
Following high school she went on to attend Amherst College, where she was studying economics. But, due to a class scheduling conflict, she ended up by default registering for a computer science class… and was instantly hooked. Lyndsey ended up graduating with a degree in computer science.
Never even considering a software engineering job after graduation, Lyndsey went on to pursue her first love, acting. A regular on the audition circuit, it was suggested that she give modeling a try, and so began her stellar career.
But, despite her success as a top model, Lyndsey has never lost her love of coding. In between go-sees and jobs, she can usually be found sitting in a corner on her laptop working on her next project or learning a new language. “The combination of modeling, acting and coding gives me balance by letting me use all different sides of my brain,” Lyndsey said in an interview with Elle magazine.
In addition to her app for Educate!, Lyndsey has also released iPort, a customizable portfolio app for models and artists, among several others. Lyndsey works in Cocoa, Objective-C, Java, C++, Python, and MIPS. She has plans to release her next app in February.
On the topic of girls and coding, Lyndsey believes that young girls can easily become interested in computers and technology as long as they’re given the opportunity. Doing her part, Lyndsey can often be found talking to young girls in schools about computer programming “We have this idea of people in technology being and looking a certain way,” she said. “That stereotype is destructive, and I think that’s part of the reason why female and minority programmers are so few.”