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Miss PR on Fake Pepper -- "Why Would I Do That?"

11/28/2007 2:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Miss Puerto Rico appeared on the "Today" show, and yes, Meredith went there: So did she make up the whole pepper spray scandal? Was it just an allergic reaction?


"It's a beauty pageant, why would I do that to myself?" was Ingrid Marie Rivera's denial. Ingrid recounted how pageant officials found "yellow-ish" substance on her makeup brush and a bathing suit (no suspects have been named), and how she had to disrobe and have ice packs applied to her bare skin to reduce the swelling.


Rivera won the Miss Puerto Rico Universe pageant on Friday, and will be competing in the big show -- Miss Universe -- in Vietnam in May 2008. In highlights from the pageant last week, Ingrid appeared to be holding up very, very well after getting peppered.

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