Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto's belly button is now being feted for having one of the world's most beautiful belly buttons by Vanity Fair magazine which is conducting a new poll to find world's most beautiful belly buttons.
The magazine has given out a list of 19 women with beautiful belly buttons, one of which will be adjusted as world's most beautiful belly button.
According to the magazine, her belly button is perfectly shaped, a cute round button within a perfectly concentric outer circle.
"Beautifully shaped belly-buttons strategically exposed at anti-war protest marches can distract politicians from war agenda and make them ponder on the futility of wars. Out of billions of belly buttons on this planet, only 19, we believe, can stop wars." said the magazine of its chosen list which is eclectic mix of personalities from Hollywood, actresses like Kate Hudson and Angelina Jolie to political personalities like Queen Rani of Jordan and First Lady of France, Carla Bruni.
The magazine, of course, did not examine billions of navels to choose the selected nineteen.
"We did a google image search of belly buttons and shortlisted nearly 2200 nicely-shaped belly buttons. Out of these 2200 images of belly buttons, we removed from our list, all those belonging to obscure, unknown women and men who had posted pictures of their exposed navels on the Internet and arrived at a shorter list of 200 beautiful belly buttons belonging to well-known celebrities. Since all of these 200 beautiful belly buttons were perfectly shaped and indistinguishable from each other, we again did a google search of the these 200 international celebrities and based on a complicated mathematical formula which combined the number of search results with their current popularity, we finally arrived at our war-stopping list of 19 beautiful belly buttons" said Grandyon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair.
As a result of this rigorous selection process, many proud owners of beautiful belly buttons like Nicole Kidman, Charlize Thermon and several Indian actresses like Shilpa Shetty and Katrina Kaif failed to make it to the hallowed list.
Reactions to the list, especially the inclusion of Freida Pinto's belly button, are a mixture of outrage, disbelief and community pride. "Does Freida even have a belly button?" is the most common reaction of most netizens to the news of her inclusion in the list which is not a surprise considering that there are not many pictures of her exposed navel in circulation. But many have defended the inclusion of her belly button in the list and congratulated her for achieving yet another milestone in her brief career as an actress.
According to informed sources, Big Brother contestant and Indian actress Shilpa Shetty is devastated at the news of her belly button being excluded from the list and is wondering why in spite of regularly exposing her navel at every opportunity and despite keeping herself in news by buying a stake in IPL's winning team, Rajasthan Royals, her belly button was not considered popular enough to warrant a place in the list.
Though Freida Pinto has made it to the list of 19, the chances of her belly button being voted as world's most beautiful belly button are relatively less. Early voting trends reveal that Angelina Jolie and Gisele Bundchen are leading the votes tally with 23 percent and 18 percent of total votes. Pinto's belly button has garnered just 2 per cent of the votes.