Grace Jones & Beverly Johnson (1988)
If you have preconceived notions about models being dumb and coders being nerdy white dudes, prepare to abandon them. Lyndsey Scott has modeled for brands like DKNY, Victoria’s Secret, Gucci and Prada. But she also knows Python, Objective C, and iOS, and builds apps in her spare time.
In a profile by Carmel Diamicis on Pando Daily, Scott explains that she graduated from Amherst College in 2006 with a dual-degree in computer science — and 3 years later, found herself modeling for Calvin Klein, as “the first ever African American to get an exclusive contract with the company for New York Fashion Week.”
But up until recently, while modeling, her tech background was kept secret. She tells Diamicis:
The industry makes an effort to reduce the model and, in a way, simplify things. The way they marketed me a lot of times was as younger than I am. They wouldn’t talk about my education, they wouldn’t talk about me… In a way I understand. Youth is valued more than a college education.
One of Scott’s apps — available in the Apple store — is called iPort, and it’s basically a digital portfolio for models. (She tells Business Insider she started coding in middle school!)As seen in this tongue-in-cheek video, Scott is not just smart and beautiful — she’s also got a sense of humor. She also wrote a moving Quora post about going from physically unattractive to physically attractive:
Lyndsey should have been in the Prada S/S 2010 campaign
glad she’s doing shit now tho
Some top selfies of 2013: (I am a trend follower)
April 2013 - Handed out water and smiles to the 2013 Boston Marathon runners
May 2013- All my babies graduated
July- Bonded with my bestie and Katie Couric
July- Received IRB approval to begin GRACE
August- Chopped my hair off
October- Started GRACE
December- Finished GRACE with great reviews
December- Made my family proud of me for all that I accomplished and all I have yet to accomplish
December- Found an overwhelming sense of peace and happiness from within
BRING IT 2014
I’m a woman. I’m black. I’m trans. And I’m alive. That’s a radical idea if you
really think about it because trans women of color - specifically black and
brown bodies - are active agents in our own survival despite unbearable
statistics, lack of resources, dehumanizing media stories and exiling from many
And this notion of survival and resistance isn’t new.
We’ve always been survivors (I bow to Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera as I write this). For me, personally and politically, there’s no separating my womanness, my blackness, my transness from my me-ness.
I am a trans woman of color who is writing, speaking, loving, fighting, smiling, living and who honestly has no choice but to be exactly who I am and use the blessings I have been given to shed light on the struggles and triumphs of my community.
To be of service and to be fully me makes me proud.
These are some of my favorite pictures from this year. Mostly for photographic reasons. In this coming year, I want to work on refining my style and improving the photography bit of things.
Thank you to everyone for the lovely and kind words you lot send to me. Happy holidays to you all.
FICTIONAL GIRL GROUP APPRECIATION POST
The Radio from Caroline, or Chance
Sister and the Sisters from Sparkle (1979) and Sparkle (2012)
The Cheetah Girls from The Cheetah Girls 2
The Troubletones from “Glee”
The Rays from School Daze
The Muses from Hercules
the urchins from Little Shop of Horrors
The Dreams from Dreamgirls
The Dynamites from Hairspray wouldn’t upload properly :-(
Um…esscuse me? You’re forgetting something.
Only came here for LPDZ