Paola Chacón has learned a lot during the short time since winning the crown of Miss Costa Rica. Most of all, she learned not to trust just anyone. She felt betrayed that those she thought of as close friends leaked private messages, even editing them to be taken out of context.
She fell into a depression following the audios being made public. She took a couple weeks off of social media to reflect. The rest and social disconnection helped her look in the mirror, forgive herself, and move forward.
She is now on to strengthening her credibility and showing Costa Rica and the world who she really is, despite comments made in a heated moment. She is not proud of what happened but realizes that no one is perfect and we all say things we later regret.
“An audio does not define me,” she said. She worked very hard to win the contest and represent the country. She continues in social work such as bringing food and encouragement to the homeless.