Get­ting Klossy with it in NYC.

Kar­lie Kloss on col­lege life, her new gig as the face of Swarovski and stay­ing cu­ri­ous.

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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

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