BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - A Biloxi resident is now representing South Mississippi on the international stage after Brandy Jarvis Ibos was crowned the newest Mrs. Earth.
Ibos was named Mrs. USA Earth 2018 in November, becoming the U.S. representative at the international competition, according to a press release from the Mrs. USA Earth website.
Taking home an international crown was a humbling experience for Ibos.
“There were ladies from over 33 countries across the world," Ibos said. "I was super nervous. They kept calling out people in the top five, and finally, I was standing there with another woman. We were looking at each other going I hope you win, I hope you win.”
Winning was an experience that Ibos said she’ll never forget.
“To win was a very humbling experience, but I feel like I represent a small piece of every woman across the world because we’re all here to protect one cause," Ibos said.
That cause: protecting our greatest natural resource.
“The Mrs. Earth organization mission statement would be: Beauties for a Cause. We promote environmental advocacy through our own platform, which mine is Going Green, Going Coastal," Ibos told WLOX.
Within hours of stepping off of the plane from Las Vegas, Ibos got right to work at a summer camp at Nancy’s School of Dance in D’Iberville.
“I’ve gone to schools, dance studios, daycares and talked to them about how they can do their part because the children are our future. Our future can only be green if they understand their responsibility to protect our planet,” she explained.
These children understood the message loud and clear.
“Everybody’s a princess, and everyday you can change the future," said camp student Aviana Patel.
Elly Fetters is also a camp student who got the point.
“Because like if you put like trash in the ocean, animals might die,” Fetters said.
Ibos is the proud owner of the Sequin Siren, a formal wear and event apparel boutique, while also a hip hop instructor at Nancy’s School of Dance. She is a former NFL Cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints and previously placed in the Top 10 at the Miss Earth USA national competition in 2016.