Jun 30, 2022 - News

Miss Texas crowns first Asian American winner

A closeup of a very pretty lady in a white sweater
Please salute our future POTUS, Averie Bishop. Photo courtesy of Miss Texas Organization

She's a law school graduate. She's a TikToker. She's a singer. And now, she's the first Asian American Miss Texas.

Why it matters: Carrollton's Averie Bishop will spend a year as Miss Texas promoting inclusivity and diversity through her platform, "Y'all Means All."

Details: Bishop graduated from SMU's law school but will defer the bar exam for a year while she serves as Miss Texas. During that time, she'll make as many as eight appearances a week at schools and events.

  • The current Miss Carrollton says the $24,000 in scholarship money she received for her crown will go toward her student loan debt. And she won about $25,000 more that might pay for a master's program.
  • Miss Texas also serves as the Texas Cares for Children ambassador.

What she's saying: Bishop is a second-generation Filipino who was the first in her family to graduate from college. She said she experienced racism growing up in North Texas.

  • "We fear what we don't know and my mission as Miss Texas and as a person, in general, is to truly teach everyone in our state that a Texan can look like me and a Texan can look like you," Bishop told NBC5.

The cuteness: Bishop had to rush to Target to buy a dress from the clearance rack because she didn't bother to pack an outfit for her first day as Miss Texas.

Yes, but: Bishop claims to be a lazy student and posted a YouTube video about how to be productive anyway.

What we're watching: Bishop will inevitably run for governor of Texas.

  • She'll get our vote.

How to follow: Bishop is active on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

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