As long-time readers of the Judgment of Paris will be aware, this site differs from most online boards or other brands of social networking in that it is a forum of ideas, not personalities. Not only do we have a "no promotions" policy, whereby professional participants cannot discuss their own work (though they are welcome to celebrate the achievements of their peers), but we discourage contributors from offering too much detail about their own biographies, except as pertains to specific forum topics.
On the upside, we have found that this approach eliminates the ad hominem argumentation and personality clashes that pervade other discussion domains. However, the downside is that forum members become virtual ciphers.
In this post, we will deviate from this tradition and, with the subject's prior permission, share a few interesting details about one of the most popular contributors to this site.
Australian student Tamika Glouftsis has enriched this Web project by penning some of the most compelling and substantial essays of the past two years. In 2011, for example, she composed a fascinating tribute to Disney's one and only plus-size princess, Katrina van Tassel from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and introduced readers to the greatest full-figured beauty of Chinese history, the imperial consort Yang Guifei. In previous years, she enthralled readers with an essay about the Renaissance-themed video game Assassin's Creed, discussed her efforts at planting a seed of beauty-appreciation among her peers, and created a video slideshow of images of timeless beauty (appropriately set to the music of ChloŽ Agnew). Furthermore, she has frequently shared her comprehensive knowledge of Lolita fashion, in which she is a bona fide expert.
Tamika herself is one of those elite students who achieved "a perfect score." Out of the 12,311 graduates in her state, only four merited this distinction. The following Australian news video confirms Tamika's superlative standing, with the reporter announcing:
Tamika speaks at 1:05, giving readers of this site a rare opportunity to hear the voice of one of the forum's contributors:
Note that her refined inflection differs from the Australian accents of the newsreader and the other students as much as received pronunciation distinguishes itself from any other British dialect. If Tamika's speech pattern sounds familiar, though, it should--because we have all heard this lyrical, elegant accent once before: as spoken by Sophie Sheppard in her memorable Vogue Italia video. Tamika may be from Adelaide, while Sophie may be from Perth, half a continent away, but they both speak with the loveliest accented English that we have heard this side of ChloŽ Agnew--a soft, feminine speech pattern that is music to one's ears.
Tamika's achievement earned her the cover of an Adelaide newspaper, as shown here (click to view larger):
Miss Glouftsis appears the centre of the frame, appropriately first among this group of South Australia's "best students." Fashion-minded readers should take note of her Edwardian attire, particularly the charming sun hat and the feminine print dress, as well as her hairstyle, with the eye-catching floral adornment.
A gallery linked from the online version of this newspaper article presents the cover image in better quality, as well as a second photograph of Tamika with her fellow award-winners.
Although she is not a professional model, nor aspiring to be one, Tamika has created a number of artistic images sheerly out of a creative impulse. We share these not only to enhance this virtual coming-out party--Tamika's online dťbut, as it were--but also because these images provide fine templates for the plus-size fashion industry to emulate.
The following portrait picks up the Old World theme of the preceding image, its historical flavour enriched by the venerable clock, the elaborately wrought chair, and the magnificently ancient-looking tome that Tamika peruses. (Reading is among the most ladylike of activities, and some of the finest images on this site have shown plus-size models in bibliophilic settings, which take on a particular charm when the books in question appear to date from past centuries--nobler eras than our own). Tamika wears a delicate, feminine blouse so ornate that it seems a work of decorative art in its own right. The pronounced cosmetics extend the light/dark contrasts that distinguish these images. The model's pose and expression are sophisticated and stately, perfectly in tune with the environment. The aesthetic harmony of every element renders this a convincing, real-world presentation; not an exercise in costume drama, but a valid fashion image which shows how young girls today can incorporate the beauty of past eras into their own lives, from the physical environment that they create around them to the wardrobe that they don, and thus externalize the unmodern, aristocratic values that they hold in their hearts.
While the following photograph exhibits an unnecessary filtering effect, what makes it highly effective is the theme: the model's vain contemplation of her own beauty. The expression is note-perfect, a study of self-involvement, an alluring gaze that is part careful appraisal, part aesthetic worship. The image reveals further details of the model's ornate, Victorian blouse while highlighting the blossoms in her hair and the chandelier earrings--all elements that epitomize traditional femininity and timeless opulence.
As strict formalists, we believe that ideas must stand on their own merits, and that personal biography is nothing but an impediment to a proper evaluation of an argument or idea. However, it is a privilege to put a face to one of the forum's names, and to identify the real-life author who has penned such wonderful illustrated essays. It is also a pleasure to give her accomplishments a nod, just as we praise top plus-size fashion models for their career successes.
Congratulations to Tamika on her extraordinary academic success, and best of luck to her in the future. I'm sure that she will distinguish herself in any endeavour she chooses to pursue. At a time when the media gives young women terribly crude and vulgar celebrities to emulate, Tamika is an example of a truly positive role model for girls of her generation -- someone who is classy and intelligent, and who celebrates femininity and tradition, both in how she presents herself and in what she writes about. She seems to be wholly free of modern brainwashing, which may be the greatest testament of all to her discernment.
Also, I would like to thank her for her many fascinating essays for this forum. Her writing for this forum is of professional calibre. My favourites are her posts about Katrina van Tassel and Yang Guifei, but I also greatly appreciate her posts about lolita fashion. I am fascinated by this trend, and Tamika has provided a wealth of information on the subject.
I'd like to sincerely thank the Judgment of Paris for such a kind, flattering write-up. I am truly honoured to be featured on this website in such a manner; a site that has genuinely changed my life. It's such a pleasure to be able to participate in this forum, and I am simply happy to be able to contribute to one of the most worthwhile websites on the internet. Thank you so much for your kind compliments and congratulations. They mean much to be, and I am indescribably grateful.
Well done, Tamika! I look forward to seeing more of your contributions on the forum. Congratulations!
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