Fashion: Hello, Belly

Though Buddhists regard it with fascination, obstetricians with respect, and belly-dancers as a way of life, no one not interested in finding the middle of his abdomen has ever paid much attention to the human navel. It is neither a beautiful object nor a particularly useful one; children poke fun at it, and even analysts smile.

Bikinis, however, put the navel back in style-turned it, in fact, into something of a fashion must (not even the choicest midriff could get by without one). What was good at the beach was "obviously just as good in town, if only someone could...

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