Ingrid Marie Rivera became Puerto Rico's 2008 Miss Universe contestant. She accomplished this in spite of having her gowns sprayed with, and her make up spiked with pepper spray.
Miss Rivera was able to keep her composure for the cameras and judges. Once offstage she had to remove her tainted clothes and apply ice bags to her face and body.
Miss Rivera's clothing and makeup tested positive for pepper spray.
Miss Rivera, who had won the title of Miss World Caribbean in 2005, was accused by her rivals of buying her crown.
The last day of the competition had to be canceled due to a bomb threat.