This is a subscriber-only article.

Get an annal subscription to Entrepreneur+ for $49 $32.83 during our
Memorial Day Sale

Use code SAVE33 at checkout.

Subscribe Now

Already have an account?

Sign in
Entrepreneur Plus - Short White
For Subscribers

Supermodel Karlie Kloss's Lesson to Young Women: Never Be Afraid to Ask Questions! The Project Runway host built a coding school, Kode With Klossy, to inspire a generation of tech-savvy women. But her real mission, she says, is much broader.

By Stephanie Schomer

This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Jake Chessum

­The view is stunning up here, from the 34th floor of this downtown Manhattan office building. Outside the floor-to-­ceiling windows, the day is bright and clear. But the 24 teenage girls occupying the space are over it. Their noses are buried in MacBooks, while a soundtrack of Disney hits plays in the background. There's work to be done, after all: They're students at a nonprofit coding camp called Kode With Klossy, and today's assignment is to design and code an online photo gallery.

They're so focused on the task, in fact, that they don't notice when the camp's creator and very famous namesake walks in.

"Hey, guys," says supermodel, Project Runway host, and coding enthusiast Karlie Kloss, as she gives the students a friendly wave. The girls seem a bit too stunned to react. Eyes widen as they glance around at each other, quietly nodding with shared enthusiasm. But before they can do much of anything else, the 27-year-old Kloss is checking out their work, bringing her six-foot-two-inch frame to a squat so she can be eye level with her students and their screens. For the next 90 minutes, she asks questions about their code and their plans for the future -- though conversation occasionally veers off to Harry Potter and chocolate chip cookies.

The rest of this article is locked.

Join Entrepreneur+ today for access.

Subscribe Now

Already have an account? Sign In