The 21-year-old represented Bugibba at this year’s event, which is the biggest beauty contest in the Maltese Islands.
She wrote on Facebook: ‘I’ve finally woken up after an unforgettable night, still can’t believe the results!
‘I am out of words, but so thankful and grateful for everything.
‘A big thank you goes to my great grandma, who I know was watching over me the whole time and pushed me to give my all on stage. I love you and I was proud to represent our locality.’
Yanika will now represent Malta at next year’s Miss Earth pageant.
Apart from the winning the big prize, Yanika was also awarded the titles of Best Physique, Best Elegance, Best Model Look and Best Swimwear Photo.