Oceilia Gibson 2011 Miss Black U.S.A.

Miss Black Texas, Oceilia Gibson, from Dallas, TX was crowned Miss Black USA 2011 on Monday, August 8, 2011 at the Historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC. It was announced Friday, August 12.

Fifty of the most beautiful women in the nation competed for more than $20,000 in scholarships and prizes. The theme of this year’s event is “Shades of Africa” celebrating the diversity of Black women in America.

Miss Gibson (pictured above) holds a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters of Art in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The 26-year old is a role model for young women across the country. Ms. Gibson is a role model for all young women by being a minister, urban etiquette coach, junior debutante coordinator, certified abstinence educator, STD awareness specialist, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship’s Public School Coordinator, and founder of More Than a Pretty Face, Inc.

Earning numerous awards and recognition, Gibson was one of Ebony magazine’s Unsung Heroes in 2009.

The event was hosted by comedian Gregory Poole and Deya Smith, Miss Black USA 1994, and featured 15 finalists.

All contestants competed in four areas of competition: Fitness Attire, Talent, Evening Gown and Onstage Question and Answer.

The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, founded in 1986 by Karen Arrington to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color.

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