Lyndsey Scott didn’t start looking like a model until after college. In high school she was bullied because of her plain Jane nerdy looks. Now the 29-year-old Scott has the last laugh.
Not only does she walk the runway for Victoria’s Secret, she is an app developer.
Many people are shocked to find out that I’m anything other than an airhead, that I was a computer science major and that I program iOS apps, for example.
Sometimes it all makes me very, very angry. Sometimes even a complimentary cat-call can make my blood boil. Sometimes, I feel as if I have to prove myself now just as I felt I had to prove myself then.
Scott attended Amherst, a prestigious liberal arts college in Massachusetts, graduating in 2006 with a double-degree in theater and computer science. Despite her parents’ pressure to pursue computers, Scott focused her energies on modeling – receiving her big break in 2009 when she became the first-ever African American to get an exclusive runway contract with Calvin Klein (a label that has previously endured criticism for its preference for Caucasian models).
But modeling and computer science has collided. Scott has integrated her two careers by creating iPort – an app that allows models to upload their ‘book,’ or portfolio onto an iPad.
‘I built that app because it was something I personally needed, says Scott. ‘My book always ends up looking terrible; the books fall apart, the pages are tearing, it’s dirty, and it’s a mess.’
By contrast, iPad offers a clean, streamlined, and organized alternative to the paper book format.
Another app of her creation called Educate! is charity-based and helps find sponsors for young scholars in Uganda.
Scott is currently developing another program which will help people develop romantic, friendship, and professional connections.
Bring it on.