Approved Today.Read this:
I followed the steps mentioned there. My account was approved just now.
Things to note however are:
1) I am a gold member (Meaning: I have made reasonable amount of contributions to this site.)
2) I have been a member of this site for more than 6 months. (Cant say an "active member", but a member nonetheless).
3) I personally feel I look good in the photo. (comment/contradict me on this one if you wish).
4) I had applied 4 times before.