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Joanna DemarcoSunday, 6 August 2017, 08:45
Maltese model Tiffany Pisani will be representing Malta at this year's Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas.
On Friday night, Martha Fenech, who represented Malta last year, crowned 25-year-old Pisani, from Attard, after the she won the title.
This is not the first time that the spotlight has been cast on Pisani. In 2010, she won the gruelling reality TV competition Britain's Next Top Model, after which she got a taste of the modelling industry in other countries, including Milan, Paris and Hong Kong.
Pisani will be one of approximately 90 contestants competing for the title of the Miss Universe 2017, which will be held in November.
Caricia Sammut, from Rabat, was named first runner-up, followed by Alexia Pauline Tabone, from Tarxien.
In a tweet following her victory, Pisani wrote: "Thanks to Jeff Francalanza and Alan J Darmanin for this honourable title @missuniversemalta, I am overwhelmed with the support and encouragement from everyone! Words can't explain how grateful I am!"
Pisani's pageant video showed the model speaking about herself and describing her ten years as a full-time model. "In my career as a model, I have had to do many different things; I have had to do shoots in [temperatures of] 20°C, I've had to be up at all hours of the night, and a lot of people remember me for having all of my hair cut off. Now it's long again but it took quite a few years to grow it out again."
"Travelling has definitely changed me a lot as a person; it has made me a lot more independent and stronger, and it has made me grow a thicker skin because this is not an easy industry whatsoever. It's very tiring, but it has its plus sides as well."
Pisani went on to speak about her career as a DJ, which she has been doing for three years. "I play all different types of music both locally and abroad. I love to make people dance; it really makes me feel good about myself, putting smiles on other people's faces."
She then opened up about her past experiences with bullying, especially linked to modelling, which she said she got through thanks to the support of her friends and family. She added that her message for those going through a similar experience was to "not take it too harshly, even though it's easier said than done when you're young."
"I would encourage people to do what they want to do and follow their dreams because it can happen if you believe in it."
Moving on to why she would like to compete in the contest, Pisani said: "First of all, I don't know anybody who wouldn't want to be Miss Universe, and I think it is a big title and a big responsibility to hold."
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