In 2018, Francesca placed Top 20 at Miss Universe 2018.
Francesca Hung was crowned Miss Universe Australia on June 28, 2018, at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne, Victoria. Miss Universe Australia was Francesca's first major pageant.
Australia is one of the original countries that competed at the pageant but have only 2 crowns in that 63 years. The last being Miss Universe 2004. Francesca hopes to place in the top 16 at Miss Universe and says she has been preparing to do so by parking, eating healthy and keeping fit before she leaves for competition.
Francesca is quoted by The Daily Telegraph, who asked her option on the Miss America pageant eliminating swimsuit, '"With a beauty pageant if you don't agree with it or you don't want to see girls strutting around in bikinis, then you don't have to watch it. We have chosen to be in this for a reason. It makes us feel empowered and strong and beautiful... It is our choice, and I think people need to allow others to have their choice."
Growing up seeing other Miss Universe Austrilias competing she did not think it could be here because she is Chinese-Australian.
Francesca is a fashion model signed by Chic model management. Before Chic Model management signed her, Francesca was turned away from every Model agency in Sydney, but she did not give up on her search for an agency or her dream to model, and Chic saw that in her.