navel disorder

Can someone please explain to me why they apparently photoshopped out Gabrielle Anwar's belly button in about half of the scenes it would have been visible in in the latest episode of Burn Notice?

It was way more obvious in video than it is in these stills. It's not just lighting. It's "what the fuck that woman has no navel."

(Previously, previously.)

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And then it's back!

And then it's gone again!

Update: Now with higher resolution images.

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32 Responses:

  1. vomitrocity says:

    1. Wow, that is a grotesque looking woman.
    2. I was just talking yesterday about how I wish I didn't have a belly button. Hmm.

  2. Weird... I know there's a VS undie model that has no bellybutton and they have to make all these ones in photoshop to pop on her while they're editing. But that's not her.

  3. violentbloom says:

    I was thinking that it looked weird.

  4. ammonoid says:

    Jesus that woman looks like skeletor. Seeing the ribs coming off the sternum is NOT normal, that is just way too thin.

  5. substitute says:

    The future of vat-grown celebrities gets more promising all the time.

  6. gytterberg says:

    I think they were airbrushing her camp-inmate torso into something attractive and were sloppy about it.

    In this sample at least (I've never heard of this show) she has a belly button only when she has crazy defined abs and ribs. When it looks like she has a few ounces of bodyfat on her frame, no belly button. Except that last frame, that's ambiguous.

  7. jakenelson says:

    That's... just so very strange. She's got kind of an odd one anyway... hmm.

    Why must you always ask the questions that leave me confused for weeks? This'll be one of those times where I end up getting a dozen legislators to have a wacky bar debate again, I know it.

    (Also, fantastic show. Can't wait until there's another season on DVD.)

  8. 0ccam says:

    I noticed that too. I figured it was a trick of the light.

    Maybe it's not that they photoshopped it OUT, but that they missed photoshopping it IN.

  9. duality72 says:

    Phew. I'm glad my wife and I aren't the only ones who noticed that.

  10. killbox says:

    Any chance the mpeg conversion thinks its noise and removes it auto-magically?

  11. lovingboth says:

    I can see something very like it in frame two and the last one, but these are not particularly high definition pictures.

  12. Perhaps she is a Stepford Wife. As I recall, once the Wives were Stepfordized, they didn't have bellybuttons, either.

  13. ywwg says:

    I can't conceive of a rationale for removing her bellybutton only in some shots and not in others.

    There is a tiny chance they're comping in (not "photoshopping," since this is video) a belly button on some shots. On the second to last shot the lighting looks slightly incorrect.

    More likely, though, her bellybutton just has very little depth so that you only see it when the light is hard and direct. When the light is flatter, the high level of compression smooths out the differences in color until it becomes invisible. So it'd be a combination of lighting and processing. Notice that her ab definition also disappears in flat light.

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