A former Victoria’s Secret model, Lyndsey Scott, has hit back at trolls who think she’s not good at her ‘actual’ job. First off, Lyndsey is a leading software engineer on the iOS tutorial team for Apple . She also has a number of video tutorials alongside Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. However, because Lyndsey walks the runway for top fashion brand, Victoria’s Secret, many doubt her programming credentials. Lyndsey, though, counters everyone’s claim by stressing that she really can code.
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All this started with an Instagram post by coding.engineer, whose caption read, “This Victoria’s Secret model can program code in Python, C++, Java, MIPS, and Objective-C”. This post went viral, with numerous vile comments flying all over! Most of the comments (by men) said the same thing– Lyndsey simply cannot code. Some of these comments read:
“Well printing hello world these days is considered as coding”. “What a waste”. “Only print “Hello World!”
Others also think that if Lyndsey can code, she probably isn’t doing it right. Those comments read:
“in what quality?”, one asked. “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”, another user wrote. “Can you teach me how to create a sneaker bot?”
However, Lindsay shuts them all up with a few comments
Lyndsey admits that her career as a model often faces issues like these–and she ignores. But this time, she couldn’t watch the trolls go by–she responded!
“I have 27481 points on StackOverflow; I’m on the iOS tutorial team for RayWendelich.com; I’m the Lead iOS software engineer for @RallyBound, the 841st fastest growing company in the US according to @incmagazine, I have a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst where I double majored in computer science and theater, and I’m able to live my life doing everything I love. Looking at these comments I wonder why 41% of women in technical careers drop out because of a hostile work environment 🤔 #gofigure”
She further buttresses her point by posting herself on Instagram, saying, “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”.
“I’m the Lead iOS software engineer for @RallyBound, the 841st fastest growing company in the US according to @incmagazine, I have a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst where I double majored in computer science and theater, and I’m able to live my life doing everything I love. Looking at these comments I wonder why 41% of women in technical careers drop out because of a hostile work environment 🤔 #gofigure”
A host of other women, and men, came in to support the Victoria’s Secret model
Thankfully, Lyndsay was not alone in this fight. She had loads of fans arguing in her favor on Instagram.
“Y’all dudes in the comments are laughable! @lyndsey360 is a boss, and can program circles around most. Are you really that basic that you can’t believe a hot girl can code?”, one user wrote.
“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,” another added. “Sigh. Woman can be whatever they want to be. Same as men. How about people stop being so negative and appreciate someone’s skill”.
“I met @lyndsey360 at a hackathon… She’s a smart nerd like any other smart nerd. I’m disappointed at the caliber of the comments on this pic, but that’s the world we live in. For now. Don’t discount smart people because you fear or misunderstand them. I’ve unfollowed this account, there are better channels to read and support”. And it goes on and on and on…
Turns out Lindsay is not just a model but a role model to all women in tech!
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