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Victoria's Secret Model's Concave Stomach Is Disturbing New Beauty Trend

by Kiri Blakeley on November 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Miley CyrusVictoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel recently uploaded a photo of herself -- or rather her stomach -- looking a bit, shall we say, concave? Yeah, she looked like a melon that had just had its innards scraped out. Apparently this is a much desired look, with celebs like Miley Cyrus, Heidi Klum, Kelly Osbourne and LeAnn Rimes showing off their "concave" bellies. I guess it's not enough now to just have a flat belly, or a belly with washboard abs, anymore. Oh no! Now you've got to look like your belly has been hanging out in Ethiopia for the past few months.

I really don't know how people get concave bellies, but here's some guesses:

- Not eating. That's a big one.

- Genetics. I imagine like outie belly buttons, some people just naturally incline towards the concave look.

- Photographing yourself from the right angle. Usually the concave belly shots are taken from above, looking down on to the belly.

- Sucking it in. Duh.

There's actually a Tumblr site dedicated to getting the concave look, where young women say things like, "It's never going to happen for me, I swear. I’ll always be skinny, but not as skinny as I want to be. I’m never gonna get that concave stomach."

Oh, terrible, terrible! She's never gonna look like a Holocaust victim! Look, I know about the whole body dysmorphia thing, and I realize people who think this way have emotional issues, and it's not really about the stomach, and they don't see themselves as they really are. I get it.

But are celebrities taking pics of their concave bellies helping things? Maybe celebs like Miley and Candice eat healthy and just happen to have these concave stomachs, but they should avoid glamorizing it with photos. Perhaps they don't realize this concave obsession is going on? (I didn't realize until I started researching it.)

Seriously, everyone. What's next? Women striving for those convex malnourished bellies you see on children in Africa? Stop the madness! Have a (veggie) burger!

Do you like the concave belly?

Filed Under: body image, celebrities, celebrity diets


  • kaerae
    -- Nonmember comment from


    November 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    Holy ignorant, batman! Have you SEEN an Ethiopian belly? Starvation causes a terrible protrusion of the abdomen, not this look, this is purely American...
  • momto...


    November 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    That's nasty looking.  Ew.  Especially the ones on the Tumblr site.  Who finds that attractive?!

  • Carol...


    November 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Those pictures and comments on Tumblr site are really disturbing. Those girls need some help.

  • IKnow...


    November 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    People complain about others being to fat, now to skinny. Stop obsessing about what others look like.

  • kay
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    November 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM
    This is actually a fitness trend, people are training their bodies to look like that intentionally (stomach caving in). It takes more work than just not eating, it requires a very specific muscle training routine. I'm not saying its not extreme, I'm just saying that it took much more than not eating to obtain that look. But c'mon, we've known for years that those models go to extremes to continue to work in that world. Oh well, as long as its worth it to them.
  • Maevelyn


    November 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    yes, you should be ashamed of your body if you are thin so that you don't hurt people with lower self esteem. Seems... logical. I think it's a camera angle and sucking it in thing. Why can't we accept super skinny people?

  • tigge...


    November 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    This is gross. I don't know how anyone can find protruding hip bones to be sexy or hot. And I'm saying this as a skinny woman myself.


  • Waag


    November 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM
    How is it any of your business what these girls stomachs look like my stomach is naturally like that when I'm not pregnant even at 32 weeks you can still see my hip bones sticking out some it's a lot sexier than you fat asses who cry if anyone says the word fat. It's not from starvation it's called genetics. Before you start talking about Ethiopians you should know starvation actually makes there bellies swell up so they don't have concave stomachs.
  • sweet...


    November 8, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Wow Waag, those are some sensitive feelings you have there huh?


  • Angie...
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    Angie Hayes

    November 8, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    If people want to have this look it is totally up to them, just like people being fat, that is totally up to them.

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