Charlotte Dawson has been remembered with tears, laughter and even a joke about how she had come to her own star-studded memorial service in an urn.
The model and TV personality apparently took her own life, but Friday's service at an inner-city Sydney hotel put the emphasis not on sadness but on celebrating Dawson's achievements.
There was even a red carpet, and no shortage of celebrities. Vicky Dawson said it was wonderful to be able to celebrate her sister's life.
"And here she is with us," she said, producing an urn containing Dawson's ashes to laughter from the guests.
Dawson was cremated in a private family ceremony on Wednesday, but would have enjoyed seeing everyone dolled up at Friday's classy affair, Vicky said.
More than 150 showbiz identities, celebrities and representatives from the charities who worked with her gathered in Surry Hills to farewell the 47-year-old.
The New Zealand-born model was found dead in her Sydney apartment last Saturday.
Among the guests - who had been asked to wear bright colours "to remember Charlotte's colourful spirit" - were singer Delta Goodrem, Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, model Megan Gale and mogul Lachlan Murdoch and his wife Sarah.
Dawson's ex-husband, swimmer Scott Miller, was notably absent.
Her long-time friend Richard Wilkins opened the service by saying he missed Dawson terribly.
"I wish we weren't here today ... but here we all are, putting on a brave face," he told the packed upstairs room of the Beresford Hotel.
"Today is a celebration of a wonderful and spectacular life of one of the most beautiful and generous, sharp and witty, sparkling and effervescent, honest and uncompromising people ever put on the planet."
Foxtel television director Brian Walsh remembered the Australia's Next Top Model judge as a rare talent who delivered the most polished live TV cross he had ever seen, and shared some of her funnier moments as a judge and mentor to aspiring models.
But the laughter faded when he reflected on her history of depression and her death.
"We can't for a moment pretend to understand the hurt inside... for underneath the veil of boundless energy and bravado, was clearly an illness of which we know far too little," he said.
Designer Alex Perry vowed to fight back against social media bullies, who had tormented Dawson in the weeks and months before her death.
"Anybody who bullies me or my friends on social media, I'm going for it," he said to applause.
"I'm tired of turning the other cheek. You know what? F**k you, it's just not right, and that's my stand on it."
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