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Is Karolina Kurkova Missing a Belly Button?

Navel Gazing at the VS Fashion Show

The annual Victoria's Secret fashion show always causes quite a stir. Alessandra Ambrosio impressed us all with her amazing post-baby body, having given birth to her daughter less than three months before the runway show. Amid the grandiose wings and sexy apparel, did anyone notice that Karolina Kurkova doesn't really have a belly button, but rather a smooth indentation in the middle of her midriff?

Karolina's lack of a belly button caught the attention of the BBC. They are reporting that the Czech model voted the world's sexiest woman by E!, has never explained her lack of a decidedly "innie" or "outie" navel except to explain through her agent that she "is not an alien."

To see how someone could lose her belly button, just


There are a few medical reasons that could leave a person without a navel, but most often it is the result of a corrective surgery at birth for an umbilical hernia, or gastroschisis, a condition where the stomach and intestines poke through a hole in the abdominal wall. Adults may lose their belly buttons during stomach surgeries or skin grafts, and some adults even opt to have their navels surgically enhanced. It comes as no surprise that a model that makes millions a year for her body would occasionally have her belly button, or lack thereof, enhanced via photoshop onto her otherwise sublime abdomen.

Obviously, this small issue isn't hurting Karolina's career or her status. This is one of those small facts that remind us, even angels are not perfect.


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katulinek katulinek 8 years
She is beautiful as she is
0danielle0 0danielle0 8 years
My mom had a hernia when she was young, had surgery, and now she doesn't have a belly button. All you people saying eww, gross, etc. are horrible. Tell me you wouldn't kill for her body! Come on!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Wow some of you are acting like elementary schoolers. I didn't even notice before and she looks fine. Just b/c she doesn't have a belly button doesn't mean she isn't beautiful. I'm surprised by these kiddie reactions.
rwashum88 rwashum88 8 years
Just Kidding...
rwashum88 rwashum88 8 years
So she doesn't have a belly button, so she didn't have an umbilical cord, and so what! She was probably feed a hydroponic diet through a bendy straw as she matured in the cocoon. You people should lay off picking on aliens!!!=P
hayden2 hayden2 8 years
i like her body
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I don't think it looks that bad especially if compared with Patrica Heaton's missing belly button... (which looks MUCH weirder.)
jlynn818 jlynn818 8 years
my boyfriend's roommate told me about this, but didn't tell me it was Karolina Kurkova. so weird! she looks amazing though, only 3 months after having a baby! even if she hadn't had a baby, she looks great.
jessie jessie 8 years
belly button or not...i'd still like to have her body...:)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Give her a break; it's not like anyone really has a "perfect" body anyway. She's much better off having had the hernia removed and not having a belly button. Besides, I'm sure she could get it fixed if she wanted to. Maybe she likes being different...heck, if I had something weird/cool like that about my body, I'd show it off.
joanna-shue joanna-shue 8 years
That is a bit weird. i mean, having no belly button.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Graylen, on Huffpo there are pictures of her belly button from the VS show last year. It looks exactly the same. Sheesh, bellybuttongate, you know women hate themselves when they pick apart a VS model's belly button!
yasume yasume 8 years
Okay. How did anyone notice this one? I read postings on another site where others stated that there are people out there who don't have a belly button as a result of hernia surgery during their infancy. So maybe the same thing happened to her. But the problem is that she is a model and these things can come out in the media. This has been a crazy year for her with that whole "too much weight" thing earlier this year in Brazil and now this. Well, at least her rep was honest about her belly button. She is not a freak or alien, just a human being. It is what it is.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Wow. I think that's kind of neat.
graylen graylen 8 years
I don't think she ever had a very distinct belly button, but I do think she probably got some work done. She was blasted a couple of months ago for doing a runway show with about 15-20 lbs extra on her (which makes her like normal people skinny ;) ). I wouldn't be surprised if she got some sort of lipo through her belly button and it just distorted it even more.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Purple- you can construct belly buttons WITH plastic surgery, so I would assume if a supermodel got plastic surgery on her stomach, she would throw in the belly button reconstruction also. Apparently she didn't think it was as huge of deal as it is to the people who said "ewwww" on this board!
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 8 years
Just because she had surgery when she was a baby does not make her an alien or a freak. Beauty comes in all different sizes and shapes. No one is completely perfect.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Whatever happened, she's still got a pretty flat stomach. And she's not bad-looking at all, really. IS IT THAT SERIOUS THAT SHE DOESN'T HAVE A DISCERNIBLE NAVEL? Has *anybody* seen Kyle XY? This *does* kind of remind me of that show...except she's not an alien.
PurpleFairy3 PurpleFairy3 8 years
Is it obvious to anyone besides me that it is plastic surgery?
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Wow I absolutely can't believe someone would comment that this should make her "freaky" and not "body-perfect." I seriously don't think belly buttons are that big of a deal, and since she has an indentation she probably looks normal on the catwalk, and it can be easily photoshopped into photos. Little imperfections make people unique, not freaks. ehcarpenter: Ooops! You seem to be in the wrong place. This is a website about health and fitness, not a pro-ana board. :)
hcrummer hcrummer 8 years
It is weird looking, but I don't care. I don't usually care about models, and as a whole they are very strange looking to me, but I've always liked her. She is always smiling and looks happy and friendly, so it is no surprise to me that she is voted sexiest woman. Despite what most women seem to think, if you take someone who is beautiful and sullen and someone who is so so but is nice and friendly and outgoing, the sweet girl will always be more popular with men than the other. Karolina's big smile makes her beautiful.
magalaya magalaya 8 years
HAHAHA I totally noticed this in the pictures and thought maybe it was just the angle of the shot or something.
ehcarpenter ehcarpenter 8 years
haha funny stuff.. i just googled this yesterday speaking of FIT sugar... isnt she a little plump for a model?
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
ps my grandma doesn't have a belly button. she doesn't even have a dent. She had surgery (I think maybe a csection a long time ago) so now she just has a line/scar across her belly
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Wow I can't believe how mean people are about this. I read she had surgery as a kid, how is that at all her fault? She's beautiful why should that be any different because of a problem she had as a kid? And really, "that's like naming a woman with no nose the beauty of the world" give me a break. it's in no way even close to that. No one even noticed this for a long time! And again, SO WHAT!?!? I'm just am amazed how mean women can be. Personally I think it's great to see that she's not perfect.
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