Faith Jenkins is an Afro-American model, attorney, legal analyst, media personality, and public speaker. The attorney is equally a former Miss Louisana and the runner up of the 2001 Miss America contest. Interestingly, she emerged the winner of the Life of Quality Award and winner in the swimsuit and talent segments of the competition. She has remained the only person in the pageant’s history to be awarded all three of those award categories.
Having appeared as a legal analyst on many TV networks, Jenkins gained prominence after she started hosting her TV court procedures on a national daytime show as Judge Faith Jenkins in September 2014. Faith recently climbed higher in her TV career as she was made the judge of MSNBC’s popular show, Divorce Court.
How Faith Jenkins’ Alluring Profile And Talent Landed Her a Role At MSNBC
Faith Jenkins attended C. E. Bryd high school. After her high school education, she enrolled in the Louisiana Tech University, where she obtained her first degree in Political Science before proceeding to the Southern University Law Center where she bagged a law degree. The outstanding lawyer worked as a litigator in Sidley Austin’s office in New York before being appointed to work in the Manhattan District Attorney office and through sheer hard work, she gradually rose as an assistant district attorney, as well as prosecutor attorney in criminal and civil cases.
Faith Jenkins started practicing as a private attorney with a law firm that specializes in business dispute resolutions and other civil and criminal cases. Her outspoken and technical presentation caught the eyes of the MSNBC, which led to her appointment as their legal commentator/analyst in 2014. Her works at MSNBC include nightly appearance (from jury selection to verdict) on the network’s PoliticsNation where she discusses witness testimony and gives her opinion on trial’s overall daily progress.
Before her gig at MSNBC, Faith Jenkins graced many reputable news media screens such as CNN, HLN, and Fox News as a legal analyst and analyzed several high profile cases, including the George Zimmerman trial and Steubenville rape case.
Her Appearance As The Judge Of Eponymous TV Series Catapulted Her To Stardom
Following her appointment with MSNBC, Faith Jenkins was hired as a television judge on the national daytime TV court show, Judge Faith Jenkins where she arbitrated small claims as Judge Faith Jenkins. The syndicated arbitration-based reality court show ran for three seasons following its premiere on September 22nd, 2014. The savvy young attorney featured in all 378 episodes of her eponymous TV series until the end of its production on May 21st, 2018.
Jenkins has another nationwide TV court show she started hosting in 2015 – Justice By Any Means. Additionally, the young enthusiastic has made several appearances in other popular TV shows and documentaries, including Happening Now, Steve, The Wendy Williams Show, Murder in the Thirst, and Dish Nation.
She Joined Divorce Court In March 2020
After the quiet departure of the longest-serving Divorce Court arbitrator Lynn Toler on March 5th, 2020, Faith Jenkins was chosen as the new judge to replace her. This new career milestone cemented her celebrity status as she became the third person to preside over the long-running American syndicated arbitration-based reality court show that resolves disputes between couples undergoing a divorce. The comely adjudicator took over the bench of the court series in July 2020.
Regarding her appointment as the new judge of the famous court show, she cited that it’s quite unbelievable to join Divorce Court which she has been watching since her time in law school. Jenkins believes that her personal life experiences and vast legal expertise are capable of propelling the show to the next level.
The Famous TV Personality Met Her Husband Through A Blind Date
Faith Jenkins is one of the very few celebrities in the world who has tactfully balanced her personal life with her career. According to her exclusive interview with US Weekly, Jenkins revealed how she got acquainted with her now-husband, Kenny Lattimore, on a blind date through her friend Aaron Lindsay, a music producer. Lattimore is an American singer-songwriter who has over seven studio albums under his belt. Jenkins hooked up with him when she asked Lindsay to help her find someone to record some Christmas songs for her and he recommended Lattimore.
However, it wasn’t love at first sight when they met during a lunch outing that lasted for two hours. Having known Lattimore’s music since college, she had mixed feelings about what to expect from someone who has been an accomplished artist for so long. Jenkins was amazed to see a graciously humble and endearing gentleman whose exuding humility enchanted her as he stood out from anyone she has ever met.
Things To Know About Her Engagement
Despite finding in Kenny Lattimore exactly what she had wanted in a spouse in terms of character, integrity, and value, the duo did pre-engagement counseling to make sure that their core values were aligned. The counseling was done by their mutual friends, Pastor Brian and Devon Franklin – a New York Times Best-selling author and international speaker.
After their pre-engagement counseling, Lattimore uploaded a lovely picture of the duo with the caption “She said yes!” along with an engagement ring image on his Instagram account on September 2, 2019.
On the other hand, Faith Jenkins uploaded the same picture on her Instagram handle the same day with the caption “I’m engaged!” She also wrote many beautiful things to accompany her announcement.
She Married Her Heartthrob In March 2020
The lovebirds sealed their love with a nuptial bond at First Congressional Church of Los Angeles in the presence of about three hundred guests on March 8, 2020. Her wedding ceremony was a fairy-tale affair as Stevie Wonder sang her favorite song ‘Just You and I’ when she walked down the aisle with her beautiful strapless lace gown.
Before they married each other, Kenny Lattimore was previously married to singer Chanté Moore. They tied the knot in January 2002 and released two collaborative albums together before going their separate ways in July 2011. Their marriage was blessed with a son, Kenny Lattimore Jr. who was born on 10th April 2003, he shares the same birthday with his father.
Jenkins Had a Prolific Modeling Career In The Early 2000s
As a young beautiful lady, Faith Jenkins had a stint in the modeling industry, briefly participating in beauty pageants before taking up TV roles. She entered for the local pageantry and won the opportunity to represent her state in the national beauty contest as Miss Louisiana Tech. In 2000, she was crowned Miss Louisiana, as a result, she competed for the Miss America beauty pageant crown in 2001, where she emerged as the first runner-up of the keenly contested crown.
Besides, she was the winner of Life of Quality award, as well as the preliminary winner in the swimsuit and talent segments of the contest. She has remained the only person in the pageant’s history to be awarded all three of those categories of awards.
Judge Faith’s Influential Impact Is Changing The World One Step At A Time
Faith Jenkins utilizes her fame positively by reaching out to the younger generations. She speaks in schools, juvenile prisons, rehabilitation centers, and anywhere youths are, encouraging and motivating them to become better while educating them on how to overcome life hurdles and problems.
The former beauty queen has other sides to her, she supports causes like cancer awareness programs such as the Harold & Pump Foundation where got acquainted with the retired American basketball player, Jim Jackson.