For those of you that know me, you are aware that I walk to the beat of my own drum...meaning that I really stick to my guns and do my own thing. I don't like compromising my principles for anything. I have to be true to myself. This often leads to me being black balled, looked down upon and overall being shunned by certain circles, but I'm OK with that.
It is a rare occasion when I find a brave soul, either in SL or RL, that has the strength of character to remain true to him/herself in the face of certain harsh repercussions. Because of this, I have decided that when I do find a person of such high level of integrity and strength of character that I must award him or her the STEEL STILETTO award.
For the first winner of this award, I have chosen a woman who's class, poise, intelligence, grace and professionalism I see as top in her class. This woman has put in all of the hard work necessary to earn the respect of everyone in the fashion industry. Even though she has reached a level of fame most only dream of, she is still honest, genuine and approachable, without the slightest hint of Divadom.
Recently she, in a fashion befitting the style of Margaret Thatcher, with utmost grace, tact and poise, stood up for herself and refused to compromise her ideals and sense of self deciding to become independent of a very glamorous and prestigious fashion icon house. This is not to say that the fashion house she is parting ways from is wrong in any way, but simply that they want very different things.
I applaud her valor in recognizing when it was time to leave the party. Most of us, stay far too long in positions, organizations and relationships that have long outlived their usefulness for either party. It takes a very strong sense of self in order to recognize when it is time to move on. Because of her beauty, intelligence, grace, poise and overall elegance in making her feelings known and exiting with the utmost class, I am awarding the very first STEEL STILETTO award to Miss Rusalka Callisto!
Miss Callisto, thank you for showing the rest of us, what it is like to be the best in every situation. Your grace under fire is an inspiration to us all!
Check her out on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rusalkacallisto/