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Karlie Kloss empowers young girls with coding camp

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As the American fashion model Karlie Kloss celebrates her 28th birthday, we’d like to congrats her as a role model, inspiring and empowering young girls through her coding camp Kode With Klossy.

Karlie Kloss; model and science nerd

One of the best-known faces in fashion, the stylish Karlie Kloss says she is also a math and science nerd. Being curious to understand how Instagram and other apps worked, she took her first coding course in 2014 and discovered she loved to code. “It opened my eyes to the power of code and all the ways this very technical language can be used in very creative ways.” She adds, “Women who have these skills have the power to shape our future. Now, more than ever, women need to have a seat at the table in shaping the technologies that are shaping our world.

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Why Karlie launched a coding camp

Karlie Kloss decided to found the coding camp Kode With Klossy when she noticed that women earned only 18% of the undergraduate computer science degrees and that most public schools in the USA do not offer computer science courses. In 2015, for example, only 25% of the computing workforce were women.

Kode with Klossy is a two-week summer course aimed at girls between 15 and 18 years old. With her coding camps, Kloss hopes to help close the gap of gender disparity in technology. The result is inspiring, of all the girls who’ve taken the course, 90% chose to pursue opportunities in computer science.

Kode With Klossy gives superpowers

The successful fashion supermodel (she was on Forbe’s highest-paid model list in 2014) wants to give girls superpowers. With 8.7m followers on Instagram, Karlie Kloss often takes the social media platform to promote her coding camp. By offering the free summer course, she wants to increase women’s confidence. Additionally, Kloss aims to inspire them to pursue their passions in a technology-driven world. Anyone can apply for a scholarship at Kode With Klossy.

From supermodel to role model

In the past five years, Kode With Klossy has grown and expanded across 25 cities. Thousands of girls have had the opportunity to learn how to code. We think Karlie Kloss is much more than a supermodel; she is a role model helping to shape a better world. Congratulations!

Have a look at what some of the young women who went to the summer coding camp have achieved so far:

And here you can read another inspiring story of a young woman using her celebrity status to change the world into a better place.

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The Royal Family war game: Are you team Meghan or Kate?

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Reading all the birthday messages the royal family has just sent Meghan Markle, including the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, it is hard to imagine that only a couple of days ago, extracts of Harry and Meghan’s upcoming biography have come out in the newspaper The Times. The bombshell book, Finding Freedom, supposedly tells the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s side of the story about the royal family war and the couple’s infamous stepping back from royal duties after rumours of rifts between the brothers and competition between the “Duelling Duchesses”.

William and Kate, Harry and Meghan, the main people in the upcoming book Finding Freedom.

Prince William and Kate are said to be devastated by Finding Freedom that will make public even more private matters of the family. Understandably, the relationship between the two couples, that were once known as the “Fab Four”, is now stilted and difficult. And after the release of Finding Freedom, a reconciliation and end to the royal family war seem even more difficult, sadly.

The British people, and the world, are divided. Legions of royal fans feel betrayed by Harry and Meghan and their constant whining and drama. Others believe the bitter stories told in Finding Freedom and think the Duchess wasn’t treated fairly, by the tabloids, the royal family, and, especially, by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The royal family war between William and Kate, and Harry and Meghan.

Take our Quiz Test to find out if you are pro-Meghan or pro-Kate.

1- You married into a clan and you have your own ideas and a strong sense of independence:

A – You earn the trust of your in-laws before starting to introduce your changes.

B – In your point of view, the clan married to you, they are the ones who have to adapt to you.

C – You would never marry into a clan. 

2 – Your husband’s granny wants to lend you some jewellery for your wedding day:

A – You gladly accept whatever she wants to lend you.

B – You make it clear that you want something big and important. Why not a tiara with emeralds instead of one with only diamonds?

C – She doesn’t lend you something, she gives you a beautiful piece of jewellery.

3 –  Your husband has a big family. Everybody lives in the same house and shares everything; staff, holiday house, work…

A – You listen carefully to your husband’s advices to avoid feuds.

B –  You make it clear, from the beginning, that finding your freedom is crucial.    

C –  You’re not crazy to marry a guy like that.

4- You got married to a guy with a huge social life and many public engagements:

A – You are independent and modern, so you try to be supportive while gaining confidence; you know you will find your voice with time.

B – You think – and tell your husband and whoever wants to listen – “Everybody hates me”.

C – You think: “I need to go shopping”.

5 – You have an audience, a stage, and a microphone. How do you begin your speech?

A – You are an amazing group of people that shows us how to make things better…

B – I’m amazing, since I was a kid, and I once said in a speech…

C – Sorry, we’re having technical issues, maybe another day…

6- Your father is invited to talk about you in the press. What will he say?

A – Good things, because you have a good relationship with your family.

B – Your father, your half-sister and your half-brother hate you. They want to destroy you and say terrible things about you. You sue them.

C – He says you’re his daughter, whatever that means.

7- You want to lead a life far from the paparazzis:

A – You are in the public eye as little as possible.

B – You write a book about how hard your life is and how persecuted you are.

C – What is Paparazzi; a kind of Italian pasta with tomatoes?

Result

If your answers are mostly A; you are Kate Middleton Team. This means you are prudent and want to know the lay of the land first. You understand your job and take it seriously. Like Princess Diana who said: “I knew what my job was; it was to go out and meet the people and love them“, instead of expecting to be loved by people in the first place.

If your answers are mainly B; you are Meghan Markle team. You have the worst PR strategy in the world, feeling like the eternal victim. Like Meghan, who despite being loved by the vast majority of the British people, who were happy and proud of having a modern and mixed-race princess, accused them of being racists.

If your answers are mostly C; you are in our team. You don’t want to marry into a clan or have a public life, but you know how to enjoy life with the gifts you receive and the family you have. And with qualities and defects, you do your best to live life decently.

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Is vintage Rolex a good investment?

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If you are wondering whether buying a vintage Rolex is a good investment, you may like to know that the second most expensive wristwatch ever sold at an auction was a vintage Rolex Paul Newman Daytona.

Paul Newman Daytona

The Rolex that fetched 17.7 million dollars in the 2017 auction was not made in gold or platinum. In fact, one of the most desired watches in the world is a simple steel chronograph. One of the things that makes this wristwatch so unique is that it had belonged to Paul Newman. The actor wore the Rolex Daytona reference 6239 from 1972 to 1985, making it his signature style. This specific model became so associated with the star of Butch Cassidy that it got the nickname Paul Newman Daytona. 

Panda dial and racing drivers

With the exotic white dial and three contrasting sub-dials in black, the vintage Rolex Daytona has what is called a Panda dial. The Panda dial was designed to help racing drivers calculate the average speed by measuring elapsed time. Rolex named this watch Daytona in reference to Daytona in Florida, famous for its racing track. Besides being an actor, Newman was also a racing driver; a pretty good one too. In fact, he arrived second at a Le Mans 24-hours race. And he always wore his Rolex while pursuing his true passion, racing.

What a present!

In 1984, Newman gave his white Rolex to his daughter’s then-boyfriend, James Cox. Thirty-three years later, Cox got 17.7 million dollars for the watch. Now talk about a good investment!

Black and white

Considered as one of the most stylish men of his time, the Hollywood star also had a second Rolex Daytona with a black dial. Both watches were given to him by his wife Joanna Woodward and had special messages engraved at the back. The engraving on the white watch reads “Drive carefully. Me“, and the one on the black one she gave him a few years later says “Drive slowly. Joanne“. These personal messages make the watches even more valuable.

Vintage Paul Newman Rolex watches are rare

Rolex manufactured the original Cosmograph Daytona watch, which was hand-winded, from 1963 to the late ’80s. But only very few came with the “exotic” dial because they were slow to sell. It is estimated that Rolex manufactured 2,000 to 3,000 of the “Paul Newman” dial variants. Because of their rarity, these vintage Rolex watches are a good investment. They were sold at around 300 dollars when introduced, but in 2013, for example, a rare Daytona in steel fetched over a million dollars at Christie’s.

Any doubts that a vintage Rolex is a good investment?

If you are planning on buying a Rolex watch; the price of a new Daytona starts at 15.000 Euros, while a vintage one can fetch around 10 to 20 times more. Recently, a video showing the shock of an Air Force veteran went viral. The man had bought a Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona in 1974 for 345 dollars but ended up never wearing it. He kept it in its original box and 40 years later, found out that his watch was worth around 600.000 Euros. Have a look at this incredible story here.

Even if you don’t want to buy a watch to later sell it, a vintage Rolex is an investment worth making because Rolex watches are timeless, so you can pass them down from one generation to the next.

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What happened to Paul Newman’s black dial Rolex?

According to Rolex Magazine, the Daytona with black dial is alive and ticking on the wrist of the actor’s youngest daughter, Clea Newman. And, no, she has no intention of selling it. Clea explains that “it had been given to him by my mother, so although it is his watch, it is also somehow hers too, which makes it very much the most precious thing I own“.

Clea Newman-wearing Paul Newman Daytona.

Clea Newman-wearing Paul Newman Daytona

More about luxury watches? Check the top 10 luxury watches and read all about Breitling Top Time Limited Edition.

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