Katie Richardson places the Miss World Australia crown on her successor, Canberra’s Sophie Lavers. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODOAfter handing over the Miss World Australia tiara to her successor at Star City on Wednesday night, Albion Park’s Katie Richardson was more than happy to kick off her heels yesterday – she’d only been wearing them for four days straight.Canberra beauty Sophie Lavers will now carry the Miss World mantle for the next year, while Ms Richardson spent her first day free of the ambassadorship enjoying a long breakfast with her family after staying up to party most of the night. SLIDESHOW: Miss World Australia 2009 is crowned”I went back to my (hotel) suite with most of my family and we had a party and I got to bed about 3am,” she said. “I also spent about two hours just talking to people at the (Star City) ballroom.”It was fabulous, I had so many lovely comments and such nice feedback from everyone and I was brought to tears many times by such kind comments and it was really lovely.” Ms Richardson glammed it up on the night, wearing two show-stopping dresses: a yellow, one-shouldered satin floor-length frock from North Beach Boutique and a purple, high-necked Grecian style gown that was custom designed for her by Michael Challita.Placing the tiara on her successor’s head was memorable in more ways than one.”It was exciting except the tiara didn’t fit, it was too big,” Ms Richardson said.”I had to balance it on her head and because she is a classical ballerina she could stand very straight, so she was good, she didn’t let it fall off.”I was really proud of them all and willing to give advice because I kind of took on the role of mother hen … which took my mind off any disappointment that could have come.”
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