I think I just had an epiphany about the Big Giant Head phenomenon in bad photoshopping of glamour photos of women. The missing ribs and wasp waists are bad enough, but the BGH lollipop-look appears again and again and again.
For one example at Photoshop Disasters, see this post: Intymnie: Sorry I Have A Huge Headache:
(See also: Bratz dolls.) It’s not just about someone cutting and pasting a fresh head and forgetting to resize, because the heads are always bigger. It’s about making women look even more like preadolescent children.
Babies are born with giant heads. Their head:body length ratio is about twice that of an adult. The head rapidly grows to near-adult size, followed much more slowly by the body.
What also grows disproportionately between toddlerhood and adolescence? Leg length. A girl between toddlerhood and adolescence is growing her legs faster than she is her torso. Female models are valued for their disproportionately long legs.
So this confirms, for me: what “glamour” photoshoppers think consumers want to leer at is malnourished preteen girls with breast implants and a few abdominal organs missing. Which is deeply, deeply creepy.