Lyndsey Scott, might more popularly be known as a Victoria’s Secret model, but to many people’s disbelief she is also a computer engineer, who knows about 5 different coding languages. Yes, the stunningly beautiful lady apart from walking the ramp for the biggest fashion brand in the world, is also known for writing iOS apps for Apple iPhones and iPads in her spare time. Needless to say, she is the perfect example of having beauty with brains. However, stereotypes can be difficult to overcome and Lyndsey yet again had to face them through a series of demeaning comments posted on an Instagram page.
According to a report from BoredPanda, an image of Lyndsey that was put on Instagram (by coding.engineer) for praising her abilities as a model and a programmer, has attracted a lot of hateful comments from what could rather be described as an egoistic male community. The internet trolls questioned her qualifications and her abilities as a programmer. Lynsdey however isn’t someone who was going to sit back and take the false criticism. After becoming aware of comments, she responded on thread and shut down all the trolls by listing out all her achievements as a programmer.
While Lyndsey was successfully able to take down her trolls, it was clear that smart women like her and many others have had to face similar criticism in the past. The vile comments on Instagram also sparked a thread on Reddit, with a title stating, ‘Apparently, it’s impossible for women to be smart and beautiful at the same time.’, where many users discussed similar issues.
That said, internet trolls like these still seem a long way from the bothering Lyndsey Scott from pursuing her coding career alongside modeling. As mentioned by her in the comment, Scott still contributes to the coding community by maintaining an active profile on Stack Overflow, a website dedicated for all sorts of conversations on programming code. She has also authored multiple iOS programming tutorials on RayWenderlich.com.
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Scott also does her part to help beat popular stereotypes. Apart from her modeling and coding jobs, she also mentors at Girls Who Code, an organization teaching programming to teenage girls. She has always been credited for challenging stereotypes about models and computer programmers and is constantly inspiring women to learn to code.