Thank you for the honorable mention Synthcro.
I contributed to the website in other ways in addition to taking over management of the TOTM Contest and believe that was instrumental in the decision that allowed my status change to Contributing User.
I also created and contributed over a hundred Card Creator frames and various Icon Assembler sets (17 so far). You must make a worthy contribution that improves the website in order to be considered eligible for the status upgrade.
Ultimately Vlasta makes the decision on who and why a person may be eligible for such a status upgrade.
I have never used the minor admin ability to create new tags and forgot about approving user icons completely.
Sorry for that, I will try to do better.