Getting Klossy with it in NYC.
Karlie Kloss on college life, her new gig as the face of Swarovski and staying curious.
What do you love most about studying computer science at NYU? “The discount at the local library and the cafeteria! It’s really fun being a student. I am someone who likes to learn and ask questions. I love challenging myself to get smarter and stronger in every way.” Sounds like you’re a natural student. “I’m a natural nerd!” Why did you start Kode with Karlie, your
coding school for young girls? “I want to ignite excitement and curiosity for the power of code. The idea is to create a boot-camp experience to teach these skills to girls so that they can understand the technology they touch on a daily basis. We’re stepping it up this summer and doing three cities: New York, Los Angeles and St. Louis—my hometown. At the end of the course, [the students] will be able to create their own app. I’m really inspired by the girls I’ve met.” What’s your favourite part of working with Swarovski and being an ambassador? “Swarovski is a brand that has unbelievable expertise in what they do. I’ve worn Swarovski crystals on couture gowns, red carpets, Victoria’s Secret Angel wings and also in real life. And that’s a reflection of how multi-faceted the company really is. They dare to take risks and think outside the box.” How do you juggle your priorities? “Every day is different. I don’t have the perfect answer yet, but I focus on my day job, which I love. At the same time, I’m just trying to be a normal 24-year-old.” You are friends with so many wonderful women; what would you say to someone
who feels disconnected from her friends? “I would say it’s about quality, not quantity. I feel lucky because I’m surrounded by strong, smart and powerful women, but the ones I admire and care about most are my sisters and my best friend from kindergarten. We can go months without talking and then pick up the phone like nothing has changed.” n