Khadijah Forrest, The Black Bear – The Rho Chi chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated hosted its first annual Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant awarding a winner with a $1,100 scholarship. There were five contestants, but only one winner.
Contestant number two, 19-year-old Honesty Gant, is the fraternity’s first winner. She is a freshman at Missouri State majoring in Journalism and Digital Film Production and is from Kansas City, Mo.
“It feels really good,” Gant says about winning the pageant.
“It’s an overwhelming emotion, excitement, being proud of myself, and being thankful to God that he got me here because I was at a place where I wasn’t really wanting to do the pageant because I wasn’t confident but now I’ve been courageous and confident and I have just learned so many things.”
Gant’s hobbies include making her own short films and YouTube videos like the one featured during her talent portion of the show (see below). She also likes to listen and write poetry, sing, and read comic books.
Gant is involved with the Springfield Coalition for Minority Students; Untamed Tongues Poetry Club; Media, Journalism, and Film Advisory Board; and she is a member of Sister Circle.
“Hopefully with this title a lot of people actually when I speak to them about issues they know I’m coming from a place where I worked hard and I make sure whatever I provide its the truth and its always from passion, its always with courage, and its always with confidence,” says Gant.
For Gant’s talent portion, she asked several young and beautiful black women what do they love about being a black woman. Here are their responses…