Asian-American Miss made American history: Wearing an old dress to the contest, revealing a difficult childhood and a journey to remove barriers to recognition

Averie Bishop is a name that is attracting the attention of the media and public opinion in the beauty arena. The 25-year-old is a former law school student, content creator, nonprofit founder, and member of Mayor Eric Johnson’s Anti-Hate Advisory Council.

And now she has made her name in history as the first Asian American to win the Miss Texas award!

Averie Bishop, a Filipino-American, surpassed 40 other talented and beautiful girls to take the top spot. She will represent her state to participate in the upcoming Miss America pageant. This is a victory beyond imagination of this talented girl.

I always thought in my mind that this contest would never crown someone like me“, the emotional Bishop told Insider.

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Averie Bishop broke down in emotion on the day of the coronation.

Overcome all barriers to assert yourself

During its 85-year history, Miss Texas America has only recorded three women of color to win the title. Discrimination is one of the factors driving women of color away from beauty pageants in the US.

Besides, the cost to participate in the competition is also extremely expensive. Candidates have to invest a lot in evening gowns, talent contests, and answers, etc. Because of the tight circumstances, Bishop used to have to wear an old evening gown to take the exam.

Explaining her costume, Bishop brought the audience to tears when sharing:

I know this outfit is not the typical standard model of the competition. But this choice reflects a part of me. When I was a child, I always wore old worn out clothes to save for my family.

But that makes me more proud than ever. For me, this outfit is more than just a set of clothes. It was a remembrance of the bad old years. Thank you for that poor past for giving me the motivation to look forward to a bright future like now“.

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She also doesn’t hire a personal trainer to train every step of the way. Instead, she researched and learned through YouTube videos to know how to walk and speak in front of a crowd. “It took me a long time to convince myself that I didn’t need fancy dresses. I don’t need to dye my skin to be brighter. I want to be myself“, Bishop shared on the media.

And in that year’s contest, she won 1st runner-up. At the age of 19, Bishop participated in the first beauty contest, Miss World Asia and won the title of Miss Teen Asian American 2017.

After that, Averie Bishop continued to participate in other competitions. Besides the title of the first Asian American of Texas, she is also the first Asian American to win the Miss Lufkin pageant in 2019 and crown the Miss Dallas pageant in 2020.

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Averie Bishop confidently shines as herself.

Non stop effort

Born and raised in a North Dallas suburb, Bishop was one of the first law students to graduate from Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Dedman School of Law.

Averie Bishop also received a college transfer scholarship and was awarded the Woman of the Year award at the Texas Women’s Museum. This Miss has started social activities from a very young age. In 2015, she and her mother founded the Tulong Foundation with the goal of helping disadvantaged students from villages and provinces in the Philippines. The Foundation has supported 45 students at different colleges with academic success.

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Averie Bishop and her Asian mother.

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Miss Averie Bishop actively does charity.

Not only is she beautiful, strong, and has a kind heart, but this Asian girl is also very talented, she used to be an excellent singer and dancer. She won the talent contest thanks to her powerful voice.

Last year, Bishop was hired as a content developer for the TikTok learning education initiative. She uses the social media platform to connect with users and discuss stigma in the Asian-American community.

Over the course of a year, the young girl went to schools in her state and gave lessons on diversity and inclusion. “Conversations related to discrimination and race issues need to start at a very young age so that children learn and understand how to treat and respect everyone.“, said the enthusiastic young girl.

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Averie Bishop is a talented and brave girl.

Bishop is a social media influencer. Currently, her TikTok channel has more than 850,000 followers. She often posts videos about creative skits or informative about her experiences on the journey to affirming her self-worth.

I grew up in very difficult circumstances. My parents are the ones who sacrificed so much to make me where I am today. I used to be bullied because of my skin color, eyes and flat nose. My mission as Miss Texas is to inspire equality, everyone should be welcomed with open arms.“, Bishop emphasized his noble mission.

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Averie Bishop has made every effort to conquer the challenges step by step.

Source: Insider, Yahoo News

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