The 23-year-old model – who has returned to education and is studying computing at New York University – will formally pick up her accolade at the Elle Style Awards in London this evening (23.02.16).
The accolade is a new addition to the annual ceremony, and recognises the former Victoria’s Secret Angel for her contribution to fashion, her runway appearances and campaigns, as well as her charity work, including her ‘Kode with Karlie’ scholarship programme, which was set up to help promote a female-driven technology generation.
Karlie recently spoke of her belief in the importance that more young women learn about coding so they are prepared for the future.
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She said: “As transformative and wonderful as technology is at times I think being so absorbed in these online personas can make it hard to exist in the actual moment
“Every industry is being transformed by technology and you either adapt or get left behind.
“So I think why coding has grown to be so powerful, especially for young women, is that it gives you the understanding and the skills to be a part of the change and a part of writing the future.”