Going Geek: The Rise Of Dating Brains Over Brawn

From Emma Watson to Miranda Kerr, we look at the women choosing the tech nerds over the boy bands


Celebrities have always been drawn to partners from similar realms of stardom and status – rock stars and catwalk models, actors and Grammy-award winners, reality stars and basketball players.

Looks often trumping common interest (beyond glittering parties).

But, a new trend in dating is taking over the celebrity world – one that prioritises intelligence and technology over burpee prowess and chiseled abs.


Welcome the rise of the irresistible tech nerd.

Last week, model Miranda Kerr announced her engagement to tech mogul Evan Spiegel on Instagram, along with an image of her engagement ring and a bespoke Snapchat emoji of Spiegel getting down on one knee to propose to the Australian beauty.

I said yes!!! ❤️😍❤️😍❤️

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Why a Snapchat emoji?

Because the 26-year-old Stanford graduate (and soon-to-be Mr Kerr) is none other that the app's co-founder.

The former Victoria's Secret model and the tech mogul not sound the most likely pairing but it seems Kerr isn't the only female star cast under the spell of a tech-minded entrepreneur:

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

The world tennis champion and Reddit cofounder announced their engagement on the 'I Said Yes' subreddit with the adorable cartoon illustration of the proposal, signed by Ohanian.

The couple have kept such a low profile of their romance that you can barely find a photograph of the pair anywhere. However, Ohanian has hinted at his love for Williams, having posted numerous images of the star on Instagram over the years to celebrate her victories on the court.

Ace. Bummed that the rest of my cheering is going to come from SF.

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Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner

The supermodel and coding entrepreneur has been dating 30-year-old Harvard graduate Kushner for four years.

Last year, Kushner co-founded a technology company called Cadre which helps clients invest in real estate and has already raised over £190 million in capital.

four years ago today I met my best friend ⭐️🌙 I love you more everyday.

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Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen

Last year, the Girls actress married the co-founder of website College Humor wearing couture Oscar de la Renta at a ceremony officiated by actor Tom Hanks.

9.19.15 Dress by @oscarprgirl Photo by @christianothstudio

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Van Veen last month joined Facebook as its head of global creative strategy.

Lily Cole and Kwame Ferreira

The 27-year-old supermodel gave birth to a girl called Wylde last year with boyfriend Kwame Ferreira – founder of the digital innovation agency Kwamecorp.

The pair met in 2012 when Ferreira invested money, technical help, design and engineering resources into her altruistic social networking site Impossible.com.

A man with brains, tech-knowledge and looks – where do we sign?

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