Updated: Dec 29, 2020
Shayla Jackson, Miss Georgia USA, calls her hearing loss a strength
By Afounda Bamidele
Shayla Jackson is a young girl from Valdosta with big dreams. She is a star pupil who has carved her name into the pageant world and she's also a social media influencer.
The 18-year-old was crowned Miss Georgia Teen USA and she achieved her goals while living with a hearing condition. When she was three, Jackson was diagnosed with hearing loss, following a fever, which required her to get hearing aids.
However, the 18-year-old never let that stop her from achieving success. According to the pageant winner, her hearing loss sometimes created barriers, but through overcoming these she grew stronger than she would be without having to face such obstacles.