The case of the inserted belly button

I've heard of photo editors airbrushing out navels on swimsuit models (see the case of the vanishing belly button from 1964), but I hadn't heard of navels being inserted into photos. But that appears to be the case with Victoria's Secret model Karolina Kurkova.

Fashion watchers have recently noticed that Kurkova doesn't appear to have a full belly button. Instead she only has a "smooth dimple". Wikipedia speculates that the lack of a belly button is due to an abdominal operation in infancy. Nevertheless, in some photos she sports a full belly button, which means that photo editors must be creating one for her.

Or maybe it's all just an effect of different lighting conditions, and the debate is an excuse to examine photos of her. (via

Below: with belly button (left), without belly button (right).

Update: Some more photos of her via underwearqueen. Again, with belly button (left), and without (right).

Body Manipulation Fashion Photos

Posted on Tue Nov 18, 2008

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The one on the left is the real/original model.

The one on the right is the test-tube clone.

Do I have to do everything around here?!?
Posted by Vitajex  on  Tue Nov 18, 2008  at  01:47 PM
camel toeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Posted by bama  on  Tue Nov 18, 2008  at  01:51 PM
Huh? what? Did you say something? gulp
Posted by Madd Maxx  in  New Orleans  on  Tue Nov 18, 2008  at  08:03 PM

it says that she did a "lifting" of her belly button
Posted by frank  on  Wed Nov 19, 2008  at  03:21 AM
Why the hell are people looking at her belly button anyway? big surprise
Posted by JayBee  on  Wed Nov 19, 2008  at  03:04 PM
They gave her the navel they took away from Barbara Eden on "I Dream Of Jeannie."
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Nov 20, 2008  at  03:57 AM
Well it might serve a purpose I suppose...

"This is an advertisement for a female's underwear. Pay attention to the sentence written in a red rectangular box located at the right corner. It translates,
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  in  Earth  on  Thu Nov 20, 2008  at  11:37 AM
most of my friends, male, have bigger ta ta's than them ornimentals...
Posted by bama  on  Fri Nov 21, 2008  at  10:05 AM
did someone say anna kornakova? I rest my tongue.
Posted by bama  on  Fri Nov 21, 2008  at  10:06 AM
I'm with JayBee - Look at all of this woman and explain to me why all the focus is on her umbilicus?
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Mon Dec 15, 2008  at  09:27 PM
i wonder what it must be like to be navelless. come to think of it, it must be scary!
Posted by seth finley from sfx  in  lander, wy  on  Thu Jul 09, 2009  at  02:52 PM
the left is the original and the right is photoshop edited. its very obvious.
Posted by suits  on  Thu Feb 18, 2010  at  09:43 AM
its way a nice way to trick viewers. LoL. photoshop edited
Posted by tuxedos  on  Thu Feb 18, 2010  at  09:45 AM
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