Ingrid Marie Rivera

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Íngrid Marie Rivera
Ingrid Marie Rivera
Born Ingrid Marie Rivera Santos
(1983-10-08) October 8, 1983 (age 34)
Luquillo, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Title Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2005
Miss World Caribbean 2005
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Brown
Eye color Blue
Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2005
Miss World 2005
(2nd runner-up)
(Miss World Caribbean)
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008
Miss Universe 2008

Íngrid Marie Rivera Santos (born October 8, 1983 in Luquillo) is a Puerto Rican actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2005 and represented her country at Miss World 2005. She later won Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008 and represented her country at Miss Universe 2008.

Participation in beauty pageants[edit]

Rivera has participated in several beauty pageants. In 2003 she won Miss Global Queen.

Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2005[edit]

Rivera competed in and won Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2005 giving her the right to represent Puerto Rico at Miss World.

Miss World 2005[edit]

Ingrid represented Puerto Rico at Miss World 2005 where she eventually placed 2nd runner-up. She also won the title of Miss World Caribbean.

Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008[edit]

On November 23, 2007, Rivera represented Dorado at Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008.[1] Rivera advanced to the five semifinalist phase, along participants representing Isabela, Utuado, Trujillo Alto and Santurce.[1] As part of a "final question" segment she was asked "With what social labor do you identify yourself and why?" to which she responded that she supported women that are victims of domestic abuse.[1] Rivera advanced to the final two semifinalist spots along Santurce, and was selected the contest winner by a jury.[1] Rivera and Puerto Rico's delegation were offered $25,000 in economic support for their preparation prior to Miss Universe 2008.[2] In this pageant Rivera would wear dresses created by numerous designers including Carlos Alberto, René Cruz, Nathalia López, Chegüi Lacén, José Raúl, Antonio Da Silva, José Braulio, José Karlo, Ivanyo, Verona, Casanova, Machito, Pipo Pere, Adam Hernández, Valentino Zeliachi and Ángel Guzmán, with most of the pieces exhibiting brilliant colors representative of the tropical climate found in the Caribbean.[3]

Pepper spray incident[edit]

On November 25, 2007, two days after winning the 2008 Miss Puerto Rico Universe pageant, Rivera asserted that her competition gown and her makeup had caused a strange reaction on her skin. Pageant organizers claimed that someone had doused her personal items with pepper spray. [4]

On November 30, 2007, the island's Forensic Science Institute announced that no traces of pepper spray had been found on the garment or her makeup brushes, which had been submitted for testing by pageant organizers.[5][6] However, FSI spokesperson Abigail Marrero did point out that the test was not conclusive.[7] Nevertheless, during an on-air interview of the incident at San Juan's Channel 4 WAPA-TV, Police Superintendent Pedro Toledo stated that he would look into what he called false accusations as well as the possibility of pressing perjury charges. He said he would not tolerate the use of public resources for publicity purposes.[8]

A subsequent investigation by the FSI conclusively determined that someone had indeed doused Rivera's garments with pepper spray. Lt. Eddie Hernández, a Puerto Rico Police spokesman, stated on December 19, 2007, that "Miss Puerto Rico Universe was speaking the truth. She was being sincere about the allegations."[9] Evidence has been forwarded to the district attorney's office for possible criminal prosecution.

Miss Universe 2008[edit]

On July 8, 2008, Rivera participated in Miss Universe's preliminary pageant, in the swimsuit and gala competitions, where she wore a dress composed of several golden metal rings.[10] This stage also included an interview with the jury.[11] Following the conclusion the preliminary stage, Rivera's parents joined her in Vietnam.[12] Despite being considered a big favorite Rivera did not advance to the semifinals, which caused surprise among the local media as well as her family.[1][13] Subsequently, she expressed satisfaction with her performance but also expressed disbelief for her elimination in the final stages of competition.[14] Rivera returned to Puerto Rico on July 26, 2008.[15] She subsequently noted that several work proposals had been presented to her, which were under consideration.[16] Rivera was scheduled to attend Televisa auditions in November 2008, and was to move to either the United States or Mexico depending on the result.[17][18]

Beauty titles[edit]

  • Miss Barranquitas World 2002 (designated)
  • Miss Puerto Rico Hawaiian Tropic 2002 (designated)
  • Miss Puerto Rico Global Queen 2003 (designated)
  • Miss Global Queen 2003
  • Miss Dorado World 2005 (designated)
  • Miss World Puerto Rico 2005
  • Miss World Caribbean 2005
  • Miss Dorado Universe 2008 (designated)
  • Miss Puerto Rico 2008

Personal life[edit]

Ingrid was born October 8, 1983 in Luquillo, Puerto Rico to Elba Santos and John Rivera.[19] Currently lives in Mexico City where she began a career as an actress in soap operas.


  1. ^ a b c d e Aixa Sepúlveda Morales (2007-11-24). "Así". Ingrid Rivera: Sin sorpresa su triunfo (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: Primera Hora. pp. 40–42. 
  2. ^ Aixa Sepúlveda Morales (2008-06-12). "Ingrid Marie Rivera y su equipo reciben $25 mil del Gobierno" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  3. ^ Aixa Sepúlveda Morales (2008-06-12). "A Vietnam elegante y a todo color" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  4. ^ Schwab, Amanda; Fagen, Cynthia (2007-11-27). "Stung Beauty Almost Quit". New York Post. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  5. ^ "Authorities: Beauty queen's items negative for chemicals". USA Today. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  6. ^ Candelas, Laura. "Items belonging to Puerto Rican beauty queen test negative for chemicals". Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  7. ^ "La Prensa - Sin "gas pimienta" vestido de Miss Puerto Rico". Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  8. ^ "Hasta las últimas consecuencias". Archived from the original on December 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  9. ^ Beers, Cathy (20 December 2007). "No Hoax for Miss Puerto Rico: Ingrid Marie Rivera Was Peppered". The National Ledger. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  10. ^ Aixa Sepúlveda Morales (2008-07-08). "Metalizada Ingrid Marie en la preliminar" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  11. ^ Aixa Sepúlveda Morales (2008-07-08). "Le hace el día con su sentido del humor" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  12. ^ Aixa Sepúlveda Morales (2008-07-12). "Ingrid Marie se reencuentra con sus papás en Vietnam" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  13. ^ Mariela Fullana Acosta (2008-07-14). "Familia pide que se quite" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  14. ^ Aixa Sepúlveda Morales (2008-07-15). "Fue una experiencia "abrumadora"" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  15. ^ Aixa Sepúlveda Morales (2008-07-26). "LLega tranquila y Satisfecha la reina" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  16. ^ Aixa Sepúlveda Morales (2008-07-28). "Les dice adiós a los concursos" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  17. ^ rosalina marrero-rodríguez (2008-10-11). "No cambiaría nada de lo que hice" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  18. ^ Las más bellas tienen cola que les pisen 2008 Aunque no fue elegida soberana del mundo sino la de su país, en 2008, la también puertorriqueña Íngrid Marie Rivera sufrió un "súbito desmayo" el día de su coronación.
  19. ^ Ingrid With her parents at the Airport

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Guayanilla Uma Blasini
Miss Puerto Rico Universe
Succeeded by
Cabo Rojo Mayra Matos
Preceded by
Marcell Lage
Miss Dorado Universe
Succeeded by
Ida Ibarra
Preceded by
Dominican Republic Claudia Cruz
Miss World Caribbean
Succeeded by
Jamaica Sara Lawrence
Preceded by
Luquillo Cassandra Castro
Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico
Succeeded by
Arecibo Thebyam Carrión Álvarez