Black excellence was front and center this year at the Ms. Universe pageant.
Tennessee State University alum and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Juanita Brown Ingram has been crowned this year’s Mrs. Universe by Ms. World Corporation (“MWI”) – beat over 75 competitors representing countries around the world.
“I am honored to receive this title and thank my husband, children, family, friends, and pageant coach Kyle Ean Haggerty for believing in me and supporting me. Pageantry with purpose is powerful. Currently, I am working on a new special series titled ‘Beyond Beauty’ which will be released at the end of November, showcasing the Ms/Mrs pageant genre as well as the confidence and positive aspects of the pageant.”
A lawyer, author, actress, and award-winning TV producer has an extensive resume – she was also the first African-American woman to compete and win the title of Mrs. Indiana United States in 2007, Ms. World International 2012, Mrs. UK Universe 2013, Mrs. Great Britain World 2011, and Mrs. UK International 2014 (placing Top 3 in Countries).
Ingram received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Tennessee State University and his MBA and Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis.
Ingram founded Purpose Manufacturing Inc. in 2018, which is a women’s production company whose mission is to create content that celebrates authentic BIPOC stories while empowering women and youth through film. In June 2021, he launched Purpose Launch, a streaming platform dedicated to content that inspires, informs, and empowers BIPOC-centric content.
As the newly crowned Mrs. Universe (R) 2022, Juanita will spend her year promoting Dress for Success, a global charity in 144 cities and 23 countries that empowers women to become economically independent by giving the Free interview wear, training, and ongoing support. Ingram is the Founder and current Chairman/CEO of two Clothes for Success affiliates in London and Chattanooga, TN.
A native of Tennessee, Ingram lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. In an interview with FOX Chattanooga, Ingram shared words of encouragement for any young person interested in pageantry. “I think a page with a purpose is very powerful, so to all young women who are interested in doing this I say go for it,” Ingram said. “Prepare and just be your best self.”