Lyndsey Scott is a leading software engineer, is on the iOS tutorial team for Apple and has also done a number of video tutorials alongside Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg for Code.org.
But, despite all of her achievements, many doubt that the 31-year-old can even code at all.
Why? Because she’s also a Victoria’s Secret model.
Scott’s vocation as a model means that she is constantly challenged by misguided trolls who question her qualifications and, while she usually ignores them, she couldn’t help but respond when an Instagram post headlined “This Victoria’s Secret model can program code in Python, C++, Java, MIPS, and Objective-C” came under attack.
A number of people commented on the post choosing to assume that, because Scott also worked as a model, she wasn’t a “real” coder.
Some mocked her abilities by saying that she can just about print Hello World – a simple computer program that displays “Hello, World!” to a user – while others didn’t doubt that she could code, but instead questioned the quality of her work, saying: “Anyone can write code, not many people can write code well though. Languages are easy to learn, but scalable, readable, maintainable, efficient code is not.”
— Lyndsey Scott (@Lyndsey360) August 22, 2018
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Just saw this post. Thanks, for the shout-out @coding.engineer! 🙏That said, I normally try to ignore negatively, but decided to jump into the comment section of this one. Not trying to brag lol, just stating facts in the hope I’ll convince at least one negative commenter that programmers can come in all shapes, sizes, genders, races, etc. so they’ll think twice before doubting other women and girls they encounter in tech. (Thanks for tagging me @thanos_codes! ❤️) #Repost @coding.engineer ・・・ CODING IS FOR ANYONE! @science @girlswhocode @blackgirlscode From @codingblog #coding #codinglife #codingisfun #codingpics #coder #coderlife #programmer #programmers #programmerslife #programmerlife #programmerhumor #programming #programmings #programminglife #programmingcontest
The model-programmer’s message was immediately welcomed by her followers as well as women who faced similar struggles in the tech sector.
“Thank you, Lyndsey. As a woman in technology, I have faced years of men “challenging” my credibility. The ridiculous idea that women in tech have to fit some predefined image is exhausting. You are awesome,” one person wrote.