I saw a manikin in a store window wearing a pair of jeans the other day. A real person would have to be starving to death to fit into those jeans. Even the manikin looked like bones to me. How can we think this is beautiful? Bring back the days of the Botticelli body, please.
We don't think about it anymore, but these proportions are impossible. Our legs cannot be that long and thin at the same time. The length of the torso from the shoulder to waist is unlikely. For an artist like myself, I have measured people in order to draw them. Most women measure one head from chin to nipple, one head from nipple to top of hip, one head from top of hip to mid thigh (or where the fingers end at thigh), one head from mid thigh to below knees, one head or so to the top of the ankle. If you measured this manikin you would see the legs and arms are proportionally longer than normal, and the head would have to be enormous to compensate for the discrepancy.
The interesting thing about this video is that many men wrote in the comments that they preferred the more curvy "before", than this photoshopped "after" picture. It is we girls who get sucked into this false premise of the ideal woman. Even when I was a teenager, I did not have the ideal body, and I can testify that precious few women did/do. If all advertising model's and movie star's photos have to be retouched in photoshop, how can a real girl hope to come near the ideal? Girls have a real problem with their changing bodies, feeling confident, or feeling normal without this added advertising pressure.
My mother used to wear dresses like these. She was not abnormally tall (5' 6") or extremely thin, but I remember thinking she was a movie star. My perception of the ideal was not distorted yet. She didn't look like these drawings, but then, these are only drawings, not the real thing. Perhaps that is what photoshop has done for us. It has deceived us into wondering what is real and what is drawing.
As an artist I haven't been part of this industry yet. I have concentrated my talents in the children's picture book field and fine art paintings, but if I were ever called upon to design an ad such as these, I'm not sure how I would handle it.