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Miss Montana USA Talks Overcoming Dyslexia
06 May 2017

Miss Montana USA Talks Overcoming Dyslexia

missmontana Miss Montana USA Brooke Bezanson was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was 7 years old. She says overcoming her disability was a long and painful journey of discovery, but now sees her dyslexia as an "ability" and a gift.

As Miss Montana USA, Brooks works to promote the understanding of dyslexia and encourage others who have learning disabilities.

"It made things hard for me both socially and education wise of course," Bezanson told ABC FOX Montana. "So now I go around to schools and talk to kids about challenges they may face such as these learning disabilities and how to overcome them with hard work, and how it's their differences that make them unique."

Brooke certainly hasn't let dyslexia hold her back. She is a currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Media Arts at the University of Montana.

The 20-year-old says she's been drawing, creating and developing animated storylines for as long as she can remember. Her goal is to become a director of animated films and one day own her own movie studio. Upon graduating from college, she hopes to find an internship at an animation studio in California.

The 2017 MISS USA® Competition will air live on FOX Sunday, May 14th at 8pm ET from Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Women representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete for the opportunity of becoming the next Miss USA.