22 year old Gracie Hunt, Miss Kansas City USA, was crowned Miss Kansas USA 2021, the night of April 11th, at the B&B LIVE Performing Arts Theatre in Shawnee, Kansas. Gracie is the daughter of Tavia Shackles Hunt who was Miss Kansas USA 1993 and the first Miss USA state titleholder of the @vanbrosgirls Era! Tavia will now get to watch her daughter begin her own journey of a lifetime! Gracie is an Independent Contractor; Influencer; Entrepreneur; Master’s Student at the University of Kansas; and does promotional and brand development work for the Kansas City Chiefs and other winning brands.
Gracie graduated early with honors from Southern Methodist University with degrees in Sport Management and Broadcast Journalism.
She is now pursuing her Master’s in Sport Management at the University of Kansas.
Gracie was—and still considers herself an athlete. She played competitive club soccer her whole life and won the state championship with her high school team. However, her plans to play in college changed in an instant when she suffered her fourth concussion. Shortly thereafter, Gracie had her initial exposure to pageantry which has enriched her life in ways she could’ve never imagined.
Service and Nonprofit
Gracie’s nonprofit, Breaking Barriers Through Sports, uses sports as a mechanism to promote respect and inclusion while breaking barriers imposed by society (social, socioeconomic, religious, language, religion, ability, etc.).
Since its inception in 2016, she has been able to: speak in schools about the values of teamwork, respect, inclusion, and hard work. She has helped host NFL Play60 clinics and reach children from all backgrounds and walks of life. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to put on soccer clinics and bring supplies to underserved communities in Zambia and South Africa, as well as the slums in Rio de Janero, Brazil and Moscow, Russia.
Since high school, Gracie has worked closely with Special Olympics. She played as a partner player on two Unified Special Olympics teams. She has remained heavily involved and serves on both the Texas and Kansas Special Olympics Boards and also is a Special Olympics Global Ambassador.
Gracie also has a passion for ending modern day slavery and she serves on the board of New Friends New Life, an anti-human trafficking nonprofit.
Since its start in 2012, Gracie has worked as a spokesmodel for the NFL Women’s Apparel Campaign.
She has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Teen Vogue, Redbook, Girls’ Life, and other publications.
In addition, she helped launch the annual Chiefs Style Lounge in Kansas City. As a teen, she modeled in the show and now co-emcees each year. 2021 will mark the 10th annual Chiefs Style Lounge.
Gracie grew up on the sidelines of professional sports and has watched the behind-the scenes of running an NFL franchise her entire life.
She wears many hats when it comes to her role with the team. She works closely with NFL Style, helps with marketing, brand development, serves on the selection committee for the Chiefs Cheerleaders, and is now helping with the launch of Chiefs Fit—two state-of-the-art fitness centers opening in Kansas City.
Health and Fitness
Gracie is also a certified nutritionist and is completing her personal training certification. She is a fitness fanatic and is passionate about health, as heart disease is the leading killer of women and has affected her grandparents and close friends.
Gracie has been able to speak in schools to middle and high schoolers about health, fitness, and her journey as an athlete who transitioned to pageantry.
Living Gracefully Blog
Gracie’s blog focuses on health, fitness, fashion, and philanthropy.