Welcome to FanArt & FatRep’s first post! Took a little longer to set this all up than I’d hoped, but now we’re rolling.
Out of the gate: Betty Cooper, of Archie comics fame. While undoubtedly bland, Archie comics were a prominent staple of my childhood reading, and in the past few years they’ve been working admirably hard to blow their perception of being bland out of the water, especially through the inclusion of well-developed characters from various minorities that aren’t just there for representation’s sake. However, while they have made excellent progress in a lot of areas, they have yet to ever feature a plus-size character. However, this blog is about altering existing design choices, not creating new characters, and I thought Betty could have been a good candidate for this were we to rewind time. It would give her further contrast with Veronica, it wouldn’t conflict at all with her sporty nature (if anything, she might be hiding even more muscle under there!) and as a nod to realism, it ties in with her canonically being from a poor family (low-income individuals are statistically more likely to carry a few extra pounds, as one of the many, many factors in someone’s bodytype).
In the never-ending love triangle central to Archie, I was always an Archie x Betty fan, and this design decision probably would have encouraged that even further.
Standard disclaimers: Not a statement that the original character design is in any way “wrong,” just part of an exercise in getting us to think about why we choose thin bodies as a default character design. Not for porn/fetish blogs.