Karolina Kurkova, Icon To Those With No Navels

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As previously reported, model Karolina Kurkova has no belly button. She has an indentation, but, says a fashion insider: "It disappears in photos, so we keep a collection of belly button shots in different positions, and Photoshop them on to her whenever she's doing a bikini picture." According to BBC News, Ms. Kurkova has not spoken publicly about her lack of navel. All her rep will say is, "she is not an alien." But apparently she's not alone:The BBC talks to 26-year-old Rob Swainson, who had surgery right after his birth, to correct the fact that he was born with his stomach and intestines poking through a hole in the abdominal wall. He has a "cross-shaped scar" instead of a belly button. "I thought about having one constructed when I was getting interested in girls, but not for long," he says. "You only have to look at Michael Jackson to realize it's probably best to live with what you've got." Because yeah, having an artificial navel made sounds weird. But! Doctors do it all the time, the BBC reports. For people who have tummy tucks or hernias. A plastic surgeon will create a belly button. And the comments on this BBC story are fascinating. "Riv" writes:

I too was short-changed a navel at birth; although to this day I have no idea why. I suspect being born three months premature via caesarean section may have meant the tissue was pliable enough to gently set into a mild indentation. Any doctors out there who can confirm? I used to tell people I was grown in a vat…

"Maureen" idenifies with Karolina:

I have exactly the same sort of smooth indentation. It's the result of a repair of an umbilical hernia when I was two years old, 65 years ago. For many years now this operation, if done in the UK, would be completed with a cosmetic belly button. Perhaps The Czech republic hadn't caught up with the modern technique 24 years ago.


There's this amusing anecdote from "Bill":

Sixty years ago I was house-surgeon to a London surgeon, a real Lancelot Spratt character. He thought the umbilicus was a nasty dirty place and when operating on anyone's abdomen he would, without permission or consultation, cut it out. My job was to invent some story to tell the patient why it had been necessary. How times have changed.

And, lastly, wise words from "Edward" :

Adam and Eve didn't have belly buttons either.

Who Doesn't Have A Belly Button? [BBC News] Victoria's Secret Model Karolina Kurkova And The Riddle Of Her Missing Belly Button [Daily Mail]


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Okay, so I have the opposite "problem". My belly button is so deep, you *cannot* see the bottom of it.

No matter how heavy or thin I am, the button just looks like this dark hole with no bottom. Even if you try to pry apart the sides to see down in there, you can't. If you cheat and use a flashlight you can sort of see the bottom, but not very well. I have no idea how this happened.

When I was pregnant, I was sure I would finally get to see the bottom, and maybe even get to have the little inverted belly button like all the other ladies I had heard so much about, but NO. My shy little belly button bottom stayed hidden somewhere in its mystical realm, hidden away from the prying eyes of outsiders.