More Than Pretty
More Than Pretty is a six-session Bible study for teen girls that explores the definition of true beauty.
Ocielia Gibson / Speaker
Featured in outlets such as EBONY, Heart & Soul, and Black America Web, Speaker, Writer and Confidence Catalyst Ocielia Gibson boldly empowers this generation of young women to live out real social and spiritual beauty. A Former Miss Black USA, she is Founder of More Than a Pretty Face International, a life-enrichment company that she initially founded as an outreach to inner city girls when she was nineteen. Now with international reach, More Than a Pretty Face has impacted thousands of young women throughout the US and Kenya. Receiving numerous awards for her empowerment initiatives with young women, she has been recognized with Pine-Sol's Women Making a Powerful Difference Award and was the youngest woman recognized as an Unsung Hero for her programming in the state of Texas by EBONY Magazine.
As a certified etiquette coach, she has been named one of '10 Most Influential Women in Etiquette' by the National Association of Urban Etiquette Professionals. A first-generation college graduate and classicial pianist, she earned her Bachelor's in Music at Texas Woman's University, while there earning the distinction of performing in New York's Carnegie Hall. She is currently completing her graduate studies in ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In 2011, Ocielia became the first women from the state of Texas to be crowned Miss Black USA. As Miss Black USA, she utilized her platform to bring awareness to causes disproportionately affecting the African-American community, serving as Celebrity Advocate for The Heart Truth Campaign, as well as Spokesperson for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Ocielia is an advocate of celibacy and sexual health, recently contributing to the True Love Project (produced by LifeWay Christian Resources) and has served as a Spokesperson for National Black AIDS Awareness Day.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where she invested seven years coordinating community outreach and mentoring programs for public schools throughout southwest Dallas. She is currently Young Women's Discipleship Coordinator at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship (Dr. Tony Evans, Pastor), and travels the country as a conference speaker, girls' minister, event host, and trainer.