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Miss Texas, Averie Bishop, blows kisses as she rides in a parade on June 12 in Fairfield. Bishop, the first Asian Miss Texas, made a three-day trip to visit local businesses and emcee a local pageant.

An unlikely provocateur, Miss Texas, takes on the state’s GOP leaders

Averie Bishop, whose reign ended Saturday, was the first Asian American to win the contest in its 85 years. She spent her year with the crown as an outspoken avatar for a rapidly diversifying Texas.

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, The Washington Post

Bishop puts on her crown as she gets ready on June 12. Bishop used her platform of “Y'all means all” to talk about diversity and inclusion all around the state.
Bishop records a video as she gets ready.
Bishop greets Kinsley White and her sheep, Ruby.
Bishop waves to people at the Freestone County fairgrounds on June 13.
Bishop pets Ruby's ears.
Bishop speaks with Freestone County pageant contestant Amethyst Tracz.
Bishop eats a homemade cream puff while enjoying a flower arrangement — gifts she'd just received from a resident while visiting the Armadillo Emporium — as she walks down a street in Fairfield.
Bishop launches confetti as Miss Freestone County is named on June 13 in Fairfield.
Bishop talks to Tiny Miss Freestone Emory Collins.
Bishop waves as she rides in a parade in Fairfield.
Cowboys herd a group of Texas longhorns down main street as part of the parade.
People watch the parade featuring Miss Texas, longhorn cattle and Mexican dancing horses during the first day of the annual fair and rodeo in Fairfield.
Bishop takes a selfie with Macey Kate Glick and her horse, Tank.

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