There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell
As the Ingrid Marie Rivera picture below proves, this contestant took the words of the former Secretary of State to heart.
During the Miss Puerto Rico pageant a couple weeks ago, Rivera mentally rattled off her winning checklist. The last item appears to have helped the most, as Ingrid Marie Rivera earned the crown... along with the suspicion of police who think she pretended to be poisoned in order to garner the sympathy vote.
If the lovely Ingrid Marie Rivera has taught the next generation of aspiring beauty queens anything, it's that pretending to be maced never hurts your chances.