Francesca flies the flag for Malta at Miss Universe 2018

Francesca Mifsud is on her way to Thailand to represent Malta at this year’s Miss Universe contest.

Francesca, 22, was crowned Miss Universe Malta in July.

The law student from Zejtun won the title after competing against 24 other contestants from across Malta and Gozo.

Lyann Iles, representing Qawra, came second.

Third place went to Marilena Gauci from Mellieha.

The final of the Miss Universe competition will be held in Bangkok on December 16.

Francesca posted on Facebook: ‘I’ve been dreaming about this day for years.

‘Miss Universe is a dream come true and even to this second, it still feels unreal.

‘It was an impeccable journey leading up to my departure filled with a lot of fun and laughter.

‘Although it’s just me in the photo, I can assure you that nothing would have been possible without a great team who stood behind me every step of the way to offer their help, expertise and most of all support.’

Good luck Francesca!