July 4, 2022

Congratulations to history-making SMU alumna Averie Bishop ’19, ’22, the first Asian American Miss Texas.

As Miss Texas, she’ll make as many as eight public appearances a week and serve as an ambassador for Texas Cares for Children, a nonprofit encouraging leadership development and character building in Texas schools. The recent law school graduate will also promote inclusivity and diversity in the Lone Star State through her social impact initiative, “Y’all Means All.”

She currently serves on the Mayor’s Anti-Hate Advisory Council. It was established last year by Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson to advise the city and police on ways to increase tolerance and understanding and engage the private sector and communities in discouraging hate and encouraging diversity.

Bishop received a B.A. in human rights in 2019 and graduated from Dedman School of Law in May. While she was an undergraduate, Bishop and her mother establish the Tulong Foundation in 2015. The nonprofit organization serves an area of the Philippines where Marevi Bishop grew up. The foundation supports children’s education and efforts to develop sustainable farming and clean drinking water. As an SMU Human Rights Fellow in 2018–19, she spent the summer in the Philippines building water wells in rural communities.

On the Hilltop, Bishop displayed her vocal talent as Cinderella in Into the Woods, the student musical presented during Family Weekend in 2017.

Bishop will now start preparing for the Miss America pageant, which will take place in Connecticut in December. She is active on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, offering a candid look at her life as a law student and beauty pageant contestant.

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