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Model Lyndsey Scott Surprises Fans With Her Secret Career

Who said models couldn't have beauty and brains? This stunner makes apps to show off her secret tech skills



Forget the old trope about lingerie models' best features being found in their bras. Lyndsey Scott, who you may recognize from Victoria's Secret and runway shows alike, has been told by modeling agencies that she needs to be "cooler." We already think she's really, really cool -- and why? Because the computer science graduate, 29, has developed a lucrative secret side project that couldn't be further removed from her modeling life.

When she's not walking the runway for boldfaced names like Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi, Scott is using her computer programming wiles to build apps. She's created seven so far, and both the charity-based Educate!, which works to fund Ugandan scholars, and iPort, which allows models to upload their portfolios onto an iPad, were picked up by the Apple App Store. Scott created iPort out of necessity for her own usage. It was something, the model says, "I personally needed. My book always ends up looking terrible, the books fall apart, the pages are tearing, it's dirty, and it's a mess." Problem no more!

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Scott, who was the first ever African American to score an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein for New York Fashion Week, has just started to come forward openly and speak about her "secret double life." It may have something to do with the encouragement of her new agent, Tony Vavroch at Elite Model Management, who insists that "anything which adds dimension to a model beyond her physical beauty is a good thing." We'd have to agree -- and so would Lyndsey's brother Matthew, who says of his sister, "she's like Gisele Bundchen mixed in with Bill Gates." That's one weird celebrity combination we can get behind. [Telegraph]

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