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They're definitely not ugly girls but I don't think they're all that, either. And I certainly don't think they should be idealized or aspired to. The notion that there is some ideal zenith of female beauty that all men unanimously agree upon is absurd. And it's dangerous.
There are certain features that men, more often than not, find beautiful and anthropological studies have borne that out. The 0.7 waist-to-hip ration in particular seems to be consistent across different nationalities and cultures. However, most girls vastly underestimate that subjectivity of male taste in women. There is still considerable wiggle room for variation in the facial features, BMI, body shape, hair, you name it that we find attractive.
Attraction isn't a conscious process. We don't go through a mental check list and decide to be attracted to a girl. We just feel it. And as a guy, if you stop focusing on "types" and listen to that gut feelings you can surprise yourself with the variation of women you're attracted to. I've been attracted to chubby women, very skinny women, long hair, short hair, small boobs, large boobs. I like the variety. I love that women come in so many shapes and sizes. It's a beautiful thing and I embrace it.
What companies like VS do is nothing more than playing the odds. What they're really doing (whether they know it or not) is picking women that are statistically likely to be considered attractive by most men. The danger is that they also influence the tastes and perceptions of the public and create a self-perpetuating cycle.
In my opinion the VS are attractive, I won't lie. I hate to nitpick when it comes to women's bodies because I believe there is no ideal body and I don't want to give the impression that some bodies are better than others but for the sake of the question I think the VS are too much on the skinny side. Nothing against skinny girls but I like a bit of "padding" on a girl. I like when women are soft and sensual.