I can’t believe that its my 4th year to come to Miss PA USA. My girl, Alex Taylor Deitz competed in Teen division for last 3 years and ended up as 1st runner up in 2012, 2013, and 2014. First time, I came out to PA USA as Miss division, Alex Taylor’s first year. I am so proud of her placing in top 15, but was disappointed that she didn’t go that far. However, the competition is very competitive. There are many strong girls this year. I only have top 8, not even top 5 because all of them had a very good chance to get in top 5. We all never know who will make it in top 5. Its all up to the judges decision.
I arrived a few days before the preliminary and final to spend some time with my friends and their newborn baby boy. I also had a short time from my hectic schedule to come down to Morgantown, West Virginia to see Shanon, Brittany, Deb and two other ladies. I loved Morgantown.
Preliminary were always great. A few girls can be Victoria Secret model, but I would call them “PA Victoria Secret” with stunning bodies they have. My favorite part of the whole competition is evening gowns! A few girls had exactly same gowns as former Miss Utah, Miss Alabama, and Miss Pennsylvania 2013. Those dresses are gorgeous but it would be nice to see something different.I fell in love with Elizabeth Cardillo’s ball gown. I have seen her in different gowns in the past, but this one took my breath away. Immediately when I saw this, I knew it was similar to Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2013 who wore that dress at Miss Universe but with sleeves when Elizabeth didn’t. That dress was impeccable. Another gown that got me to gasp me the whole time, Alex Taylor’s gown. I have know that Alex Taylor has perfect wardrobe as Brittany Shaprio who lives in West Virginia. Those two girls have reputation of “impeccable, undefeated and amazing” wardrobe. Every year when I attend pageants, people are always talking about how much they were looking forward to see Brittany and Alex Taylor’s gowns and their wardrobe. Cassidy Mattola, one of the teens that wore same dress as my good friend, Meg Nicholas that was customized by Fernando Wong. Elena LaQuarta has an impeccable red gown that can’t go wrong. It’s one of typical pageant dress but this one is stunning one. Natalie Romeo wore same dress as Erin Brady who wore at Miss Universe but with sleeves on.
I decided to not to post top 5/6 for Miss and Teen because I met so many great girls at the night before the finals. I personally got chance to talk to some of them one-on-one. They all did great job and should be proud of themselves to be on the stage and give it all out from their heart and leave it on the stage.
Again, I may mentioned that I wished that they can do top 10 than from 15 to 5 because it would give girls some hope that they made in top 10. On other side, its nice to see all of the 15 girls doing the evening gowns and swimming suits. Unlike Miss USA and Miss Universe cut the girls out who didn’t make in top 10 to show their evening gowns.
I have seen Andrea Shen last year and knew she will be in top 5 last year and was expecting her to be in top 5 because something about her that I know one day, that crown would be hers. Three girls who made in top 5 from last year came back to compete and only two made in top 5 again, Cassandra Angst and Andrea Shen. Two former Teens were in top 5 which was not surprised about Elena and Deanna being in top 5.
I am so proud of Elizabeth Cardlilo for not giving up her dream. I have personally know Elizabeth from a few places I ran into. She’s one of the sweetest and kindest girls I know in pageant world. She and I always run into each other and made sure that we had photo dates together. I can’t wait to see her do an amazing job at Miss USA 2015! She’s one of the girls that we should watch for Miss USA 2015. I just knew she will be in top 2 for Miss PA USA
I was so happy to see some old friends, Elena, Alex Taylor, Elizabeth, Jeff, Haley and others as well meet new friends- Krista, Alyssa, Julia, Natalie, Andrea. I love meet Miss Indiana USA, Miss Indiana Teen USA, Miss Vermont Teen, Miss Connecticut Teen, Miss West Virginia Teen and Miss West Virginia USA. They are all fabulous! I can’t wait to see them on the stage at Miss USA and Miss Teen USA 2015!
Sanders Associates has great show and one of the most competitive year that I ever attend for the last 4 years.