Steph Su wrote a post just a couple days ago about how she wants to see more Asians on the cover of books. I highly enjoyed her post and even read some of the wonderful comments she recieved. One of them mentioned seeing a post about books with plus-size characters but not plus-size models on the cover.
Unfortunately, I did not see this particular post...but I do remember that in a copy of Entertainment Weekly they showed off some Chick-Lit covers that had much smaller models on the cover than in the inside of the pages (and I'm sure you'll see some of the ones they mentioned below). I think readers are more mature than this too...and I would personally like to see more covers with plus-size models. They exist in the world. Not all girls (and guys) are thin and beautiful looking. Just like there should be more covers with Asians and African-Americans and any other race that is written about, there should be covers where the models depict realistic girls. I'm not saying all books, but if the book has a plus-size character, then please show one on the cover!
I mean, look at the cover of Big Boned by Meg Cabot. Yes, she has some slight curves...and no, her dress won't zip up! They are showing that she is meant to be a bit bigger...but honestly, the model still doesn't seem like she's plus-size to me. I think it's the dress and the fact that she has hips that give that impression more than anything. And why can't we see her face? Is it because she'd seem much smaller from the front? Who knows? But I have a feeling it might be part of the case...
Now one book that I would see in stores or online and think "this is an average-looking girl" is The Duff by Kody Keplinger, which isn't even out yet. The Duff, as you can see from the photo, is "The Designated Ugly Fat Friend." I haven't read this book so I can't say for sure...but I'm betting that you don't always have to be bigger or considered "fat" to feel like the Duff or even be one. However, the girl on the front is cute and seems like your average teen to me. Yes, I realize she's blowing a bubble and that could be the cause of her cheeks seeming fuller and more rounded...but I'll take it, even if that's not always what the model looks like. She definitely gives off the plus-size look better than others and with the added freckles, it makes her seem less like some book cover model and more like a normal girl that represents all of us out there.
Now this last picture isn't a book cover...but I wanted to post it so that you all can see an example of someone that I would look at and consider to be a plus-size model. To me, she's beautiful, but she's also not stick-thin like a ballerina. She looks realistic and I love that the outfit shows off her legs and her hips. She has curves...it doesn't mean she shouldn't flaunt them! And I don't see plus-size as just curvy. It means you might be a bigger size, but you're healthy and you're being yourself. It's a new type of model that I hope to see more of on book covers. It would mean a lot to me and show we are improving in time, and I hope it would mean a lot to other people as well.
So thanks to Steph for writing her post and inspiring this one. Feel free to discuss in the comments or make your own post featuring different covers. I'd love to hear more on the topic of book covers.