Juanita Brown Ingram, Esq., is an award-winning attorney, author, actress, filmmaker, and fashion philanthropist. Crowned Mrs. Universe (R) 2022/2023 by the Ms. World Corporation, she is the first Black woman to win the title. She, her husband, and two children live in Singapore, having previously resided in London and Taiwan. Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, she is a Tennessee State University graduate receiving her bachelor’s degree in accounting, graduating in the top 10% of the business school. She marched four years with the Aristocrat of Bands and served as piccolo section leader.
Mrs. Ingram was also a member of the Honors Program and a Presidential Scholar. She obtained her MBA and Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis and has been a licensed attorney in Tennessee and Indiana for over 20 years. Mrs. Ingram received the Attorney for Justice Award from the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2018 to 2021, was awarded the Up and Coming Leadership in Law Award in 2007 and was named Top 40 under 40 in 2004.
She is the founder and current board president of Dress for Success Greater London and Dress for Success Chattanooga. She is also CEO of Purpose Productions Inc., a 501(c)3 women-led production company with a mission of creating content that celebrates authentic BIPOC narratives while empowering women and youth through film worldwide.
Mrs. Ingram is a member of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, The Links Incorporated, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, originating chapter – Alpha Chi. She is also a voting member of the Television Academy and often serves as a judge for the Daytime, Primetime, and Children’s Emmy Awards; a 9x Telly Award Winner, Webby Award Honoree, British Urban Film Festival Best Actress Nominee, and a 5x Best Actress winner from the Actor’s Awards LA and other global film festivals.
She is radically transforming the reality TV model for Black-led casts as the creator and executive producer of the unscripted docuseries “The Expats International Ingrams,” currently streaming on Amazon Prime US/UK, Apple TV, Tubi, and Roku. The series chronicles Black Americans living, working, and thriving abroad while directly combating the distorted representation of BIPOC people globally. The show was designated as Emmy-Eligible and is currently on the Primetime Emmy nomination ballot in five categories including Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, Outstanding Directing, Casting, Picture Editing and Cinematography for a Reality Program.
Mrs. Ingram is an advocate for women and young girls, speaking internationally on topics regarding the law, diversity, equity, expat issues, confidence-building, women’s wellness, sustainable fashion, female empowerment, and self-worth throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe, and the UK.