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Where's Her Belly Button?

When Victoria's Secret model Karolina Kurkova walked down the catwalk, people started wondering: where is her bellybutton?

The newspapers call it the "riddle of the £2.5m beauty". The beauty in question is Czech supermodel Karolina Kurkova. The riddle is her non-existent belly button.

Its absence was noticed this week when the 24-year-old graced a US catwalk for lingerie giant Victoria Secret. While most of us have an "outie" or an "innie", Ms Kurkova has a smooth indentation (although sometimes a tummy button is airbrushed onto her photos in post-production).

Otherwise known as a navel, the belly button is the rounded, knotty depression in the centre of the abdomen caused by the detachment of the umbilical cord that fed you while in the womb. We all have umbilical cords, so why don't we all have a belly button?

Ms Kurkova has not spoken publicly about how she came to have a smooth navel, and all her agent will say is "she's not an alien".


If you're missing a bellybutton, fear not: cosmetic surgery can help! Here's what Urlesque blog found out about umbilicoplasty, the surgery to reconstruct a bellybutton: Link (with photo of a guys' newly constructed ... and hairy bellybutton - you've been warned!)

Interesting! Perhaps she's a marsupial.

Just kidding, of course. I know of two situations that could result in the absence of a pupik:

1. The navel is a type of scar; in some cases the umbilical cord detaches without leaving much of a trace, resulting in a very tiny or nonexistent navel.
2. There's a condition related to cleft palate in which the skin of the abdomen does not close in front. If the infant survives being born (The insides would be contained by a membrane & muscle in these cases), surgery is done to close up the opening. The child would have no belly button (the umbilical cord was attached at the membrane, not the skin). The child might be left with a large scar, but since this is done while the child is a newborn, in many cases the scar may clear up so much as to be unnoticeable. (Some forms of makeup may conceal it as well.)

A woman with no navel appears in Alejandro Jodorowski's film "Holy Mountain," for those who can stand to watch it. (If you've seen the movie and missed that detail, she's an older woman who dances naked in the scene where we are introduced to the nine world leaders ["My planet is Mars," etc.]. I think she's acting like a dominatrix; I'll have to watch it again to be sure.)
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My wife's got hardly any navel - she had an outie as a kid but it kept rubbing on clothes so she had it flattened. When she was pregnant the nurses used to come and marvel at the unblemished bump.
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That is strange... I remember that Patricia Heaton didn't have a belly button at one point due to a tummy tuck... or tucks. But then she had one put in apparently. Maybe this is the same thing?
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"with photo of a guys’ newly constructed … and hairy bellybutton - you’ve been warned"

Guys' means more than one guy and the next word belongs to them. YOu must mean guy's, not guys'.
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Yeah. I know a little boy who was born by c-section because some of his internal organs developed outside of his body. He doesn't have a belly button, and since he was so young when it was corrected, he barely has a scar.
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One of my aunts no longer has a belly button. I think she had an infection and the easiest option was to remove it.

This doesn't seem like a big mystery to me, but the publicity of people confused by it is probably great for her career.
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I had breast reconstruction after cancer and the surgeon used my lower abdomen to make the breasts. He had to make me a new belly button when all was said and done. I can still feel my real belly button. Phantom belly button? The new one is perfectly centered, too. : )
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Umbilical hernia repair in childhood can also leave minimal/flat belly button. When I was pregnant, one of the nurses looked at my bump and said "Oh my god, you hatched!"
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I had one, then I had an apendicitis, and when they sewed me back up, they ruined my belly button.
Maybe she had a botched appendectomy?
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I had a friend in high school who didn't have a belly button. He had a surgery as a child which intersected that vicinity, and it was just a light depression instead of the usual innie. Since the surgery was done while relatively young and ran vertical, from all appearances there was nothing different except for the missing navel.
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That's nothing, my grandma had two belly buttons!

One was her natural one, the other was from her hysterectomy she had when she was 21. It was located two inches below the natural one.
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I've looked at those pictures for hours. I don't understand how this works. Or anything works.

Casey, why is your grandmother showing you her stomach? Grandparents should keep their clothes ON!

Just kidding. Some day, Angelina Jolie will be a grandmother.
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