Airport employee by day, Miss Universe Malta by night: catching up with Martha Fenech

We wanted to know what it feels like to hear your name called out as the winner of Miss Universe Malta and could think of no one better than Martha Fenech to give us a first-hand account of the moment. The 26-year-old is the current holder of the title and works very close to home as a brand representative at our airport’s Duty Free store. Apart from posing in photoshoots and rocking the runway, Martha’s had to do some slightly more unusual things since she forayed into the world of modelling eleven years ago.

Curious? Read the first part of our interview with Martha Fenech to get to know Malta’s ambassador in the 65th edition of Miss Universe better.

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  • In a nutshell, who is Martha Fenech?

 Hailing from St Julian’s, I am a 26-year-old brand representative for a global cosmetics company. I would describe myself as an extremely positive and adventurous person, who’s driven by strong determination and a passion for living life to the fullest. In fact, I think that it is this combination that landed me where I am today. I also love travelling and discovering cuisines from all over the world. Although it might seem a bit impossible, my dream is to one day be able to say that I’ve visited every country in the world. Another goal I hope to achieve is to host my own travel show, as this would combine my love for travelling with my interest in the media and the entertainment industry.

  • Can you briefly describe the moment your name was called out as the winner of Miss Universe Malta? 

I remember the moment very vividly! The evening was quite a nerve-racking one, as there were many preliminary phases before the winner was announced. Hearing my name called out was a surreal moment, which was accompanied by a whirlwind of emotions and excitement. My family and friends were present and seeing them cheer me on so proudly is a memory I will treasure for the rest of my life. I feel honoured to be the first Maltese winner to represent our beautiful country in the prestigious Miss Universe contest after an absence of fifteen years. This is obviously a big responsibility and it also means putting in a lot of hard work, but I am savouring each moment, embracing every challenge and looking forward to the next stages of this unforgettable journey.

  • Is there a funny incident that happened during your modelling career, which you recall particularly well?

There have been many memorable moments throughout my modelling career. Recently, I had the opportunity of hosting an episode for a Japanese TV travel show, which introduced Malta to the Japanese audience as a tourist destination. I had been told that I would be expected to say a couple of Japanese phrases, but I wasn’t aware that I had to present the whole show in Japanese! So I quickly learned all my lines in Japanese, having no clue what I was saying! My mind was at rest because I had a Japanese translator who was checking that the wording was appropriate. It was indeed a fun and unforgettable experience.

  • We’ve discovered that you love travelling. Has your job at the airport fuelled this passion?

I’ve been fascinated by different cultures and customs ever since I can remember and working at the airport has certainly fuelled my passion for travelling to learn more about other countries. My first experience outside of Europe was back in 2008, when I travelled to South Africa to represent Malta in the Miss World contest. I was only 17 then and I had barely done any travelling, so flying off unaccompanied to such a far-flung destination was quite the experience. The trip opened my eyes to a whole lot of new things and I was lucky enough to meet fascinating women from all over the world who had fascinating stories to share. Throughout these past years, travelling has become a very important part of my life and today, thanks to my job, I meet people from all over the world on a daily basis without necessarily having to travel!

  • How long have you been working at the airport and what do you like most about working in an airport environment?

I will soon celebrate my 8-year anniversary! Throughout these years I have met many interesting people and I have a lot of memorable stories to relate. I love working at the airport because no two days are the same, since I constantly meet people from different backgrounds and nationalities, who’d be travelling for different reasons to destinations all over the world. I am a people’s person and I dislike routine, so I’d say that the airport environment suits my personality perfectly.

  • You’ll soon be packing your bags and heading to the Philippines to represent Malta. Which three travel essentials will you be taking with you?

My three travel essentials are: a good book to keep me entertained, my cellphone to keep me connected and to capture every moment, and a smile that radiates positivity!

Stay tuned for the second part of our interview with Martha…

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