It might not be the first time that a top male model has appeared to defy the laws of nature but even experienced fashion-watchers were baffled when Karolina Kurkova was photographed apparently without a belly button.
Observers noticed that something was missing when the 24-year-old Czech appeared at a shoot for the underwear line Victoria's Secret in Miami Beach, Florida, at the weekend.
Confounding the perennial debate about the relative merits of having an "innie" or "outie" belly button, the photograph showed that she had what appeared to be more of a smooth dimple.
But the suggestion that the image had been doctored was quickly discarded as she was part of a line-up of several dozen models - all sporting standard buttons.
As one of the world's highest paid web models, Kurkova is a regular on the pages of glossy magazines but the unusual abdominal feature had gone unnoticed hitherto.
The model photographer has prompted speculation that in the past - unlike rival models who are anxious to cover up their belly button - she has had one airbrushed in.
Kurkova is no stranger to curiosity.
Last month, she was photographed wearing a bra studded with more than 2,000 diamonds, worth an estimated £3.5million in a promotional shoot for Victoria's Secret mainly for swimsuit model or for bikini modeling.
Last year, Forbes magazine ranked her as the eighth highest paid model in the world with estimated annual earnings of £2.3million.
Perhaps that is why she is reported to feed her shih tzu dog, Bella, with caviar.
By John Bingham Last Updated: 1:50PM GMT 18 Nov 2008