Grace Boor is an American TikTok star and model most widely known for fitness and modelling videos uploaded on her TikTok account of 850K followers—@graceboor_. As of publication, Grace has a staggering 1 million followers on Instagram and 5.8 million total likes on her TikTok videos alone.
The Teen Magazine recently got the exclusive opportunity to speak with her during an interview where we asked a myriad of questions from how she handles her fame to lighter info like her least favorite boardgame.
The Start of a Career
Grace has modelled for multiple well-known publications and brands including Sports Illustrated Swim, Beach Bunny Swimwear, Tiger Mist, and Boutine Los Angeles, but where did it all begin?
Grace’s first experience with modelling was a photoshoot for the Miss Florida Teen USA pageant while she was in the 11th grade. It was “very girly and princess-like with the hair and makeup,” and was an experience Grace enjoyed. “I would honestly do a photoshoot like this again in the future," she said.
Grace told us that, before her career took off, she would never have thought she would be modelling because she was always told she was too short. That’s why she was passionate in emphasizing that, “[If you want to pursue modelling], just go for it and work out hard!"
“Everything happens for a reason and with hard work anything is possible," she advises.
Handling Fame: The Good and The Ugly
Fame does not come without some caveats. We asked Grace what moment made her stop and think, “Oh wow! I’m famous now!"
“I honestly would have to say when people started to [recognize me in public] when I would go out, they would be like “Hi Grace!” or like “Grace? Are you Grace Boor?” and I would get confused at first because I’m like how do I know this person? Or, how do they know my name? but then [I’d realize they know me] from social media," she answered.
Like most other influencers and social media personalities, Grace receives her own share of vile comments and messages. She usually just ignores such negativity. “You can’t let anything get to you or faze you in the slightest bit," she told us.
Appreciating The Factors in Her Success
No success story is one dimensional. That’s why we asked Grace what she saw as the biggest factors in her success today. She shared that she saw working with BoutineLA as the experience that got her foot in the door for achieving what was one of her biggest goals: being on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim.
When asked what things, throughout her career, she was most proud of/grateful for, Grace answered: “One of my favorite things I’m most grateful for is working with BoutineLA for 6 months. They have the most amazing staff and I have met my best friends from working there. Also, getting to work with Beach bunny swim. I have loved their swimsuits since I was in middle school so to be invited to a photoshoot was such a fun experience.“
“Also, of course, my amazing team at We are Verified- I’m so thankful for my close relationship with my team. They really push me to shoot for the stars," Grace thanked her team.
Looking to the Future
We asked Grace about her goals for the future regarding her career and if she was looking forward to branching into other fields like singing and acting like many other TikTok stars have done. She shared that though she still has fun modelling and would love to keep working hard on that, she’s also looking forward to doing some acting.
“I would love to do some acting like the fun roles that Kate Upton did or a new Baywatch show. I feel like I would have so much fun in those types of roles. I just need to start up some acting classes," Grace shared.
Using her Medium: Advocacy and Charity
Since the start of COVID, and, in some cases, even before, many celebrities have added a spice of politics into their image and advocated for things such as wearing masks or getting vaccinated. We asked if she could see herself using her platform to advocate for any causes. While she prefers to keep out of politics, she had a lot to say about bullying, hate and cancel culture.
“I try to keep my political opinions to myself. I don't like putting myself in that [kind of] situation unless I know all the facts [rather than] just the fake news I see on social media—especially the information that gets out on TikTok," said Grace.
"[However,] I will always advocate for anti-bullying/anti-hate [causes], [which I think have become worse] since COVID hit. I feel like there's been a lot more bullying nowadays because ‘cancel culture’ had such a big impact in 2021," she said.
"The cancel culture is way too toxic and people especially kids [usually] don’t [understand] what they are really saying or how much [their] negative words or actions can hurt someone," she added.
Grace also took some time to shout out a non-profit organization that she has fundraised for many times:
“Children Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization that raises money for children’s hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. My high school does this fundraiser each year and I just wanted to help out with the platform I have because I knew this could help save a child's life.
I just posted about the fundraiser each day, saying, “I want to raise 10k before my birthday” and I got over my goal on August 30th. Which made my heart happy that my good deed has helped someone that really needs this.”
10 Quick Questions With Grace Boor
To finish off the interview, we asked Grace 10 quick questions ranging from silly to light-hearted. Ready to get to know Grace even better? Get, set, go!
If you could live anywhere in the world for one day, where would you go?
I would have to say Greece. I want to have my own Mamma Mia moment; the city is gorgeous and the water is so blue. I feel like my Instagram content would be perfect too.
On a scale from 1 to Florida man, how crazy would you rate yourself?
I would give myself two. I'm a very calm person [though] everyone has a crazy quality.
If you had to eat the same meal every day for one year, ignoring nutrition needs, what would that meal be?
Pasta. I love pasta now and I wished I didn’t because of all of the carbs but it's just so yummy. I would be in heaven if I could eat pasta for a year and not be unhealthy.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
I think it should be “The Queen of Bikinis” because I’ve loved bikinis since I was in elementary school and always had the most stylish bikinis.
What board game do you hate the most?
Monopoly- it's so long and boring and you’re just stuck wishing for the money to be real and fantasizing that you actually own the real estate you're buying.
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever cried about?
Anything that had to do with high school. I don't even remember why I ever cried over things so stupid and I’ve realized I deserve so much more than how I was treated while I was younger.
Favorite exercise at the gym?
I love arm day. It used to be my least favorite, but recently I’ve been loving it. I feel so strong afterwards and sore at the same time.
Would you rather spend a day with a child or a senior citizen?
I would have to say to a kid, I would love to take them to Disney World and make sure they feel like a prince or princess for the whole day. I know their faces will be so bright, it’ll make me so happy. They can also let their imagination run wild.
Who was the last person you argued with?
The last person I argued with was my boyfriend, but I don't even remember what it was. It was most likely something silly, but I won the argument (of course).
If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say, sing or do?
If I had the world's attention for 30 seconds, I would talk about how important mental health is and that we should really focus on it, especially with how big social media is now. They really can get into people's heads negatively.
Keep up with Grace Boor
That’s it! We had an awesome experience talking with Grace about her story, thoughts and plans. We hope we’ve been able to extend the experience to you with this!
To keep up with Grace, make sure you follow her, on her Instagram account, @graceboor, and her TikTok, @graceboor_, where she posts regularly. She also has a YouTube channel Grace Boor so make sure to subscribe.