Elizabeth Cardillo was crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA 2015 at the end of the pageant on December 7, 2014 after a three-day pageant held at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport.
She will make appearances over the next year as Miss Pennsylvania USA and represent her state at Miss USA 2015 on July 12, 2015 where she hopes to be crowned by the reigning Miss USA, Nia Sanchez from Nevada.
About Miss Pennsylvania USA 2015
Cardillo said she never considered entering a pageant until she was watching Miss USA with a roommate while she was living in Los Angeles.
“I never envisioned Liz being a pageant queen,” said Sally Cardillo, her mother.
The beauty queen is 24 years old and originally from Allison Park, a suburb north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California with a degree in Merchandise Marketing.
Capitalizing on her experience at FIDM, she entered the bridal industry where she worked as a bridal stylist. Elizabeth also models frequently and has been able to travel across the country for different clients.
Elizabeth Cardillo and Pageants
Elizabeth’s first pageant was Miss Malibu in 2011. She didn’t place in the competition, but she did make lasting friendships and got hooked on pageants.
She signed up for Miss California USA in 2012 and placed in the top 20. Cardillo competed again for the Miss California title in 2013 and 2014 and placed in the top 10 each time.
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Elizabeth was adopted as a baby and is fortunate to have a wonderful, loving family as the outcome. As a result of her situation, it is her goal to educate and promote awareness for other families to “get involved” with foster children.
She is proud to work with the Genesis Foundation of Pittsburgh Adoption Service Agency, an organization that focuses on helping pregnant women and foster children that are in crises.