A model of coding

Fashion and science rarely go together, but to model Karlie Kloss, nothing could make more sense.

According to The New York Daily NewsKloss has launched “Koding with Klossy,” a camp that aims to teach girls computer coding.

Writing in motto from Time, the model said she dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps by becoming a doctor; in fact, she even had plans of studying medicine until she was noticed in a local mall, which led to her modeling career, according to the News.

But Kloss still sees a need for the next generation of female leaders to enter the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She wrote:

“Too few girls pursue math, science and programming. Women are underrepresented on campus. Half of all college students are women but only 12% of computer science majors are female.”

Kloss started to remedy this problem last summer when she launched a scholarship for girls, and with the launch of her coding camp, 80 girls from New York and her hometown of St. Louis will have the chance to discover the field of Kloss’ initial interest.

The News says that the camp is a “free two-week program [that] will teach girls to build real apps with code.”

While coding and fashion may seem unrelated, Kloss readily sees the parallel:

“I’ve also discovered that coding and fashion have more in common that I originally thought — both require creativity, problem-solving and self-expression.”

And Koding with Karlie should allow students to engage in just that.

First Lady of Style

On Sunday, March 6, Nancy Reagan, the wife of the United States’ 40th President Ronald Reagan, died at the age of 94. During her eight years as First Lady, The New York Daily News credits Mrs. Reagan with bringing fashion to the White House.

Hollywood Life Editor Bonnie Fuller told The Daily News that the First Lady’s love of  fashion reinvented the standard of style for First Ladies to come. “She loved an elegant look. She set a new standard that hadn’t been there since Jackie Kennedy,” she said.

Fuller, who was the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Glamour, said that Reagan “brought back entertaining and being very fashionable was part of her signature.”

Always one to promote American designers, Reagan asserted her place as a fashion icon with a James Galanos gown she wore to the Inaugural Ball in 1981.

Galanos was just one of her favorite designers, which included Oscar de la Renta, Arnold Scaasi and Adolfo.

While her White House style was refreshing, Fuller said that Reagan also did something a little bit different for an older woman.

“What I thought was wonderful about her was for an older woman she would bare her shoulders, and wear strapless gowns or gowns with one shoulder,” Fuller said.

“She wasn’t afraid of that, even as a woman in her 60s. That was a little radical at the time. A lot of women were afraid to do that. For the president’s wife to do that was a big deal.”