Written by Joanna Hughes

Think coding is the exclusive domain of geeks? Think again. The reality is that anyone can code -- including Victoria’s Secret models. Still not convinced? Look no further than the example of 31-year-old model and programmer Lyndsey Scott, as recently shared by The Independent.

An Inspiring Example

A leading software engineer at Apple, Scott is a member of the iOS tutorial team, and has appeared in several video tutorials for Code.org alongside tech titans like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

But it was Scott’s appearances on the Victoria’s Secret runway which drove internet trolls to call her coding credentials into question. In response to her Instagram post with the caption, “This Victoria’s Secret model can program code in Python, C++, Java, MIPS, and Objective-C,” one commenter declared, “Anyone can write code, not many people can write code well. Languages are easy to learn, but scalable, readable, maintainable, efficient code is not.”

Taking on the Haters

Scott responded to the negativity by listing her many achievements before concluding, “Looking at these comments I wonder why 41 percent of women in technical careers drop out because of a hostile work environment.”

Scott also hoped that her advocacy -- and example -- might change people’s minds. “Not trying to brag lol, just stating facts in the hope I’ll convince at least one negative commenter that programmers can come in all shapes, sizes, genders, races, etc. so they’ll think twice before doubting other women and girls they encounter in tech.”

Scott’s fellow women in tech responded to her efforts in solidarity and with gratitude. One wrote, “As a woman in technology, I have faced years of men ‘challenging’ my credibility. The ridiculous idea that women in tech have to fit some predefined image is exhausting.”

“As a fellow software engineer, I can confirm that we come in many forms. You’re an inspiration for choosing to follow your passions both technical and creative,” enthused another.

Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.
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