Gracie Hunt, 22, who is the daughter of billionaire Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, wants other women to be able to rock their natural hair.
The winner of the Miss Kansas USA pageant took to social media on Tuesday and posed herself in a dark blue bikini that showed off her exceptional legs and body while she rocked her natural hair that went down to her back.
“Stay wavy & let the summer begin!”
Earlier this year, she shared a video of herself competing in the swimsuit portion of a pageant and hit back at claims that the contest ‘degrades’ or ‘diminishes’ women, insisting that taking part in the competition was ‘one of the most empowering things she has ever done’.
‘Health and fitness are more relevant today than ever before, as an obesity crisis looms large over America,’ she wrote alongside a clip of herself strutting down a catwalk in a skimpy blue bikini.
‘An athlete my entire life, it took pageantry to teach me sustainable, real life health habits. Competing in fitness is one of the most empowering things I’ve ever chosen to do. Preparing for swimsuit competition helped me not only to look good, but to feel good.’
‘Swimsuit modeling or showing my work in the pursuit of health and fitness does not in any way diminish my worth as a woman,’ she said.
‘It does not abate my true strength, lessen my credibility, or degrade any other area of my life. In fact it reinforces the notion that pageantry develops a hard work ethic in all areas of competition and life lessons about living healthy inside and out.’