Although flawless bodies and gorgeous faces are all that supermodels are expected to have, most of them also have passions and aspirations that lie outside the narrow realm of fashion. While the supermodels in this roster are intimidatingly beautiful, they are so much more than just pretty faces.
Not only are the likes of Lyndsey Scott and Karlie Kloss inspiring trends in fashion, but they’re also inspiring a new generation of young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields like computer coding. With impressive resumés and a thirst for knowledge, these five supermodels are setting the bar high when it comes to versatile, enviable careers.
Edie Campbell is a decorated model who has won accolades such as Model of the Year at the 2013 British Fashion Awards and enjoyed a diverse modeling career – on the runway, on major magazine covers, and for high-end brand campaigns. She has also completed a degree in Art History with First-Class Honors from Courtauld Institute of Art, and is a brilliant writer who has worked as a contributing editor for major fashion magazines. Campbell is also a jockey who won the Magnolia Cup, among other equestrian competitions. As if all that weren’t impressive enough, she is also a Young People Ambassador for The Reading Agency. It’s safe to say Campbell’s versatile career and multiple interests make her one of the most intriguing models on the runway today.
Lyndsey Scott not only graduated from Amherst College with a double major in Theater and Computer Science, but she also develops apps in her spare time. The model is also something of a celebrity in the coding world. She’s the recipient of the Lifetime of Inspiration award from Harvard University’s Women in Business organization, and is involved in events and campaigns like #RewritingTheCode that encourage young women to pursue STEM careers. When Scott isn’t busy developing apps or changing the world for the better, she walking for brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Victoria’s Secret.
Karlie Kloss’ girl-next-door charm has made her America’s sweetheart, while her illustrious career covers the industry’s most coveted grounds – regular bookings at the top runway shows, dozens of magazine covers and, of course, ambassadorship for ultra-feminine brands like Carolina Herrera. However, it may surprise you to discover that her dearest passion is computer coding. Kloss has been working on learning how to code for years, parlaying that interest into a scholarship and free coding camp called Kode with Karlie for other young women who share her interest. Since the launch of Kode with Karlie, scholarships have been given out to 2,400 women in the U.S., and recently Carolina Herrera ‘Good Girl’ fragrance portfolio announced partnership with the coding organization to help it scale its offerings.
When model Cameron Russell isn’t starring in Prada campaigns, you might find her delivering TED talks or giving a speech at the UN’s Women Empowering Women luncheon. Russell’s educational background includes a degree in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University, which certainly is an impressive feat. Her decade-long career in the modeling world starts to look like a mere hobby compared to all of the other activities she participates in, including The Big Bad Lab art project and running online magazine Interrupt.
Lily Cole is not shy about wearing her intelligence on her sleeve. She graduated with double-first honors in the History of Art from Cambridge University, while maintaining both a modeling and acting career – talk about a triple threat! While Cole is one of the modeling world’s most famous faces, you can also regularly find her engaged in political campaigns, public talks, panel discussions, and other intellectual forums. She is an outspoken Green Party supporter, and even contributes to a website that allows people to exchange free goods and services.