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"Now a lot of you might be wondering, why didn't I put Belle on there? Well, it's not that she wasn't beautiful, smart, and a well-developed character. It's just that, well... she didn't show her navel, and on this countdown that earns you, like, 20 more points."
The Nostalgia Critic, Top 11 Hottest Animated Women (referring to why just Jasmine and Ariel were second)
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Midriff-baring outfits are popular in Real Life, and have been for centuries, although for a while, it was just in certain cultures and, within those cultures, certain occasions. It's more like 60 years that it's been widely considered acceptable. Even belly-dancing outfits weren't midriff-baring before the "cabaret style" began with the most famous "Little Egypt", a belly dancer who performed at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.

But since then, they've been a hit, with outfits ranging from tube tops to two-piece bikinis. (Also commonly called a crop top, cropped top, belly shirt, half shirt, midriff shirt, midriff halter top, tummy top, short shirt, or cutoff shirt; also sometime seen with some halter tops, and dozens of non-American styles.) So this is a trope about costumes showing the curvy area around a woman's waist.

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Note that simply showing the stomach and a little skin around it, like a slightly open shirt, does not count. But a dress with a large section around the belly cut out does. Nor do completely naked characters count — although their midriff is bare, so is the rest of their body.

Western Animation in particular seems to love this, since it's an easy form of Fanservice that the radar invariably misses. Starting in the late 90s and into the 2000s, the belly shirt seems to have become some kind of visual shorthand for "teenage girl". If someone does this in High School (actually in school), it's a case of No Dress Code.

This is mostly a female trope, most likely because hunky Mr. Fanservice can show off his entire torso without instantly getting the work slapped with an R rating, so he might as well just do that instead. A bare midriff on a male character is usually (though not always) a sign that he's Camp Gay and/or a Crossdresser.

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This seems to be the only other form of fanservice in Bollywood besides Wet Sari Scene, because anything else would be too controversial.

Can come with a Minidress of Power, Chainmail Bikini, Lingerie Scene, Black Bra and Panties, Loincloth, Sexy Santa Dress, or Walking Swimsuit Scene as long as it is either a skimpy two-piece bikini or a topless monokini.

The Fat Slob sometimes employs this trope for Fan Disservice, always wearing a (typically food-stained) shirt that's a couple sizes too small to fully cover up his huge gut. This is most often seen in kids' cartoons.

Super-Trope to Fur Bikini and Seashell Bra. No Shirt, Long Jacket has a similar effect.

Compare Absolute Cleavage, Underboobs, Showgirl Skirt, Zettai Ryouiki (has a similar effect, but lower on the body). Compare and contrast Navel Window, where the character's outfit only exposes their navel and a little bit of skin around it.

Not to Be Confused with Contemplate Our Navels, which means an act of deep philosophical thinking and has nothing to do with actual navels.


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    Advertising 
  • The woman working out in this commercial for Worx Energy.
  • In a commercial for Washington Sports Clubs: A young woman is being peeped in on by her neighbor. Noticing the man's attention, she opens her shirt, revealing her sexy lingerie-clad body, and gyrates enticingly.
  • Quite a few advert leaflets and such in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England have a sexy woman in them. In many of those cases, their midriffs are bared.
  • Most of the Bowflex commercials.
  • This iconic Tab commercial from 1982.
  • This Sea and Sky commercial.
  • 1970s Australian RC Cola commercial.
  • "A Thousand Quivers" Coty Wild Musk
  • Alexandra Morgan runs strapless in this commercial for Tom Tom Runner Cardio.
  • An ad for Intuos digital drawing tablets has a cartoon redhead with this.
  • Mandalay Bay commercial.
  • The woman who's suggestively eating a sub in this Jerry's Subs & Pizza commercial.
  • Holly wears a midriff-baring shirt in this Checkers commmercial.

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    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • Black Canary: Not typically part of her costume attire, but generally her civilian attire, at least from the 2000s-onward, tend to be almost exclusively shirts that don't cover her navel. Which somewhat makes sense since that was fashion of the time and she was a woman in her mid-20s.
    • Huntress in Birds of Prey bared her toned midriff despite wearing a full body costume and cape. Hey, if you did 700 sit-ups a day to maintain those gorgeous abs, wouldn't you? An irritant for many fans who remember the time Huntress got shot four times in the stomach. The belly window varies Depending on the Writer and artist, and Gail Simone said that her costume was going to be changed to not include it a few issues into the 2010 relaunch. Unfortunately, the title was cancelled mid-story. As of Huntress-Year One, her midriff is properly armored.
    • Stargirl from the JSA has worn a belly shirt since her first appearance in her short-lived solo book. She once justified it to Supergirl by noting that it sometimes distracted male opponents.
    • Several female Teen Titans, most notably Starfire.
    • Supergirl: Post-Crisis Kara Zor-El, from her reintroduction until the New 52 reboot gave her a Leotard of Power costume, and some of her animated counterparts wear midriff-baring shirts. Cat Grant often mocked her by wearing that kind of outdated clothes. In Many Happy Returns, Linda Danvers also bares her midriff.
    • Hawkgirl and/or Hawkwoman, Post-Crisis at least. Appropriate, given Hawkman's status as a Flying Shirtless Scene.
    • Most versions of Aquagirl:
    • Aqualad's wife Dolphin.
    • Superboy: Roxy's outfits all showed off her midriff before she joined the Police Academy and started tying to distance herself from her dad's schemes.
    • Harley Quinn, since the New 52 reboot, in Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, and most other appearances. This was somewhat controversial with fans who preferred her earlier harlequin costume with no exposed skin at all except her face.
    • This is glaringly the costume theme for almost all female characters in Gotham City Garage. Even Nightwing gets in on the act by not wearing a shirt.
    • Robin Series: The grey skinned shapeshifter Tim fights in Bludhaven is basically wearing a sports bra instead of a top.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Several Golden Age villains had midriff exposing costumes, perhaps most notably Zara who combined a strapless bullet bra with harem pants and jewelry to evoke a Bedlah Babe aesthetic.
    • While Mike Deodato was the artist on Wonder Woman (1987) he managed to put all the Amazons (who look younger than forty anyway) in midriff revealing outfits, most of which covered less than a sports bra. Yes even Wonder Woman herself, who ended up in an outfit ostensibly inspired by biker chic that consisted of skintight black shorts, a black bra and an open jacket.
    • Several of Cassie's Wonder Girl outfits included short black tank tops or large but cropped black t-shirts with the golden-yellow =W= emblem emblazoned across them.
    • In Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, Princess Ingvie and her archers of House Citrine wear midriff-baring outfits.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • X-23, the Canon Immigrant female clone of Wolverine exemplifies this trope. Just about every thing she's worn, give or take a few outfits, shows her belly. It came to the point where when the third incarnation of X-Force was formed, she was the only girl in the team whose uniform had this. Good thing she didn't inherit Wolverine's propensity for chest hair. Notably, the few times where she had a uniform that isn't an example of this trope (other than her origin story where she was only about 13 or 14) was when it wasn't her creators Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost writing her (Chris Claremont first and later Christos Gage and Dennis Hopeless) so this might be due to Author Appeal. She gave up baring her stomach when she took on the Wolverine identity for a time, but after Logan came back to life she was back showing it off.
    • Surge is also known for this. Makes for awkwardness when her roommate, a Muslim girl, makes a veiled insult in retaliation when Surge calls her out on her clothing.
    • The new(er) Scorpion, Carmilla Black has had some form of belly baring in all variations (though the variance isn't much) costumes she's worn.
    • Callisto of the Morlocks, maybe one of the pioneers of this look...
    • Elsa Bloodstone, especially her original costume (since it was based off her fathers, but since his bared his chest, and being a Marvel Comic they couldn't really bare hers anymore than they already were, the midriff was left more open seemingly to compensate.).
    • Dagger, as in: Cloak &, always had that dagger shape in the front of her costume that puts her navel prominently on display.
    • Jean Grey in Ultimate X-Men. Rachel Summers has a nearly identical outfit now.
    • The Regan Wyngarde version of Lady Mastermind. Though hers is more in the "Dagger" style.
    • Julie Power (Lightspeed, formerly of Power Pack), who somehow was allowed to age while the rest of Marvel is stuck in eternal agelessness, wears no material between her ribcage and her belt. Notably, when the rest of the Pack team up with the children of the Future Foundation, Julie is back to wearing her old, full-body costume. This is either an art error or an intentional change to appear "classier" in front of the children.
    • The Kate Bishop version of Hawkeye in the Heinberg/Cheung era of Young Avengers. In the 2012 Hawkeye series and the Gillen/McKelvie era of Young Avengers she wears a more body-covering costume.
    • Incredible Hulk's Marvel NOW costume, which is a suit of armor that shows off his abs when transformed.
    • Carol Danvers' first costume.
    • The Scarlet Witch wears one during the Kurt Busiek/George Perez era of The Avengers. They attempted to justify it with her saying she was going back to her gypsy roots, yet the outfit would have easily made her ancestors blush.
    • When Mark Bagely is drawing Ultimate Spider-Man, you can guarantee most of the girls will be drawn this way.
    • Yelena Belova, Black Widow's Legacy Character and rival.
  • One of the many unpopular things about the Kelley Armstrong issues of the Angel comics was Kate Lochley's new midriff-baring costume, which was both out-of-character for someone who had previously dressed fairly professionally, and stupid for a non-powered human character in a canon full of hand-to-hand combat using edged weapons and claws.
  • After Jenny Quantum from The Authority aged herself to look like a young woman in her twenties, this became her dress code almost exclusively. At one point she got "tired of menstruating" and de-aged herself to look about 11. The bare midriffs stayed, however.
  • Dinah from Blacksad has this and It's significant to the plot.
  • Claire Redfield, in the comic book of Code Veronica; since she is dressed that way in the game, it is unsurprising.
  • Many female characters in Biohazad Heavenly Island. In fact almost every character wears some sort of clothing that reveals their stomach, Such as Lara who wears a one piece with a Belly Window. and Inéz Diaco, who seems to have a muscular stomach in some parts of the comic. The only exception is Marilou who wears a dress.
  • Empowered: Sistah Spooky and Ninjette have baring-midriff Stripperiffic costumes. Same thing for Emp's hypermembrane as soon as it start getting shredded... that is, most of the time.
  • Femforce:
    • Colt wears a short blue jacket that stops just below her breasts, leaving her entire midriff bare.
    • Tara Fremont's preferred attire is a camouflage bikini.
    • Garganta's outfit is just slightly more modest than Tara's.
  • In Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors, Ash's girlfriend Caroline is shown wearing just a bikini, showing off her midriff. Furthermore, a girl getting mugged by a group of men at a railway station is shown wearing a midriff exposing shirt and three of the nightmare warriors (Tina, Rennie and Stephanie) are all shown wearing shirts that show off their belly and bellybuttons. Later, Maggie Burroughs/Kathryn Krueger is transformed into a new outfit by Freddy which shows off her midriff.
  • Gemini Storm's Elizabeth Rose.
  • In the SLG Gargoyles comic, Angela's look changed to fit this trope, whereas previously (as in the animated series) she had a single-piece tunic.
  • In the French-Canadian comic book Les Nombrils, as could be guessed from its title, bared midriffs are a definite feature of the titlular girl trio.
  • After nearly 70 years of wearing a one-piece bathing suit, Phantom Lady started doing this.
  • Pack: Patience, The Leader and Token Human of the group, wears a vest that shows off his arms and abs.
  • Powers has Deena Pilgrim, who as a detective is allowed to come up with her own dress code. As she remarks to her pissed-off partner Christian Walker early on, while trying to get him to forgive her for going through his things (she thought he had powers): "And I wear these little belly shirts. That's gotta do something for you, right?" It's far less Stripperiffic than normal for a comic book, but she wears midriff-baring shirts almost exclusively. Some of the regular heroines of the Powers world go for the more traditional comic book heroine outfits, though.
  • Ashleigh from Scion. All of the time.
  • In Star Wars Legends, throughout Tales of the Jedi several male alien Jedi wore midriff-baring shirts, most notably Memit Nadill and Odan-Urr.
  • Van Von Hunter's perpetually amnesiac sidekick, whose outfit consists of a vest that covers her up top to the diaphragm, low-cut trousers with panty-flash splits, boots, and of course The Gloves of Lifting.
  • Any female character in the Archie Comics franchise who isn't Ethel or Miss Grundy has a tendency towards this.
  • Robyn Hood's camo top leaves her impressively ripped abdomen bare.
  • In the Belgian comic Gaston Lagaffe, Gaston frequently has a gap of bare skin between his sweater and trousers. Unusual in that this isn't drawn for sexiness but as part of his general slovenliness and lack of care for his appearance.

    Comic Strips 
  • Miss Buxley in Beetle Bailey does this regularly. Usually, she's wearing a bikini when she shows her midriff, although she wears a matching mini skirt and cropped top to the office in one strip and wears just her bra and panties in another.

    Fan Works 
  • Acia Rose in Clash of the Elements does this, as stated by the narrator.
  • Last Child of Krypton: When Asuka becomes the next Wonder Woman she rips parts of her plugsuit off, leaving her arms, legs and belly bare.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Asuka's Supergirl costume is based on one of the outfits of Kara Zor-El. When Shinji sees her costume for first time he notices very acutely that her very tight blue shirt "left her toned midriff bare".
  • In Forum of Thrones, Alysanne's clothes typically have this. It is decidedly not for Fanservice though, but rather out of the practical reason that it allows her to move more freely and also to give more room to the bandages that cover up the burn scars on her lower torso.
  • In this fanart for the 2012 TMNT series, Karai bares her midriff.
  • In this Equestria Girls fanart [1] Sunset wears a shirt that bares her midriff, so does Twilight "Sci-Twi" Sparkle. Rarity has a sleeveless button-up top that she has tied in a knot to bare her midriff as well.
  • This is a common fashion among monsters in Anonymoose's Monster Girl Saga.
  • In Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters, the new summer hoodie that Jade eventually buys does this, showing off her developing abs. Irma very much appreciates the view.
  • Fu in Son of the Sannin considers baring her midriff an important part of herself, likening it to Naruto's choice of wearing orange clothes. So much that when she tames her Tailed Beast and gains a chakra armor, she has Chomei retract it around said area to leave it exposed.
  • In Cadet Scrap, Sophie wears a sports bra and boxing trunks for her sparring bout with Kate. Kate, her girlfriend, appreciates it.

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney:
    • Gideon the cat in Pinocchio wears a purple shirt with loose sleeves that is too short to cover his belly.
    • Mr. Smee in Peter Pan. However, he's an elderly, plump man, so it's not played for Fanservice.
    • The Little Mermaid (1989): Ariel in her mermaid form wears a Seashell Bra. Although technically this is "bra only" — she doesn't wear anything on her fish half. Her sisters (and in fact almost all mermaids) also wear Seashell Bras.
      • Melody in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea to a lesser extent. Her full clothes do cover her midriff, but after she becomes a mermaid her shirt turns out to be to short to conceal it without her pants.
    • Aladdin: Jasmine's outfit, which codified the Bedlah Babe trope for modern audiences. Aladdin's outfit too.
    • Nakoma in Pocahontas. She has a crop top and skirt that shows only her abs.
    • Some secondary characters in A Goofy Movie. Lisa that has a black bikini top and ripped blue jeans and the Powerline dancers. These are justified for their work, but Lisa is the only female student with this look.
    • Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire, except at the end of the film when she switches to a less revealing royal outfit.
    • Jane Porter at the end of Tarzan switches from her usual Victorian dress to a Fur Bikini.
    • Nani from Lilo & Stitch wears clothes like this. Justified, as she lives in Hawaii where the climate is very warm.
    • Dr. Facilier in The Princess and the Frog wears a purple vest that exposes his belly.
    • Shanti from The Jungle Book 2, who is depicted here with a ponytail, a yellow choli, and a purple skirt (in the first film, she wore pigtails and a strapless purple dress with a pink sash at the waist).
    • Gazelle in Zootopia, being an Ink-Suit Actor version of Shakira, wears a midriff-baring outfit similar to her. Duke Weaselton also wears a shirt that's several pieces too small for his long, slinky weasel body.
    • The title character of Moana wears a midriff-baring top, but a high-waisted skirt that covers her navel, effectively baring her abs rather than her midriff.
  • Daphne in Aloha, Scooby-Doo!. It is believed she is wearing a bikini underneath her crop shirt and skirt. She goes for this trope in more movies, and the cartoons as well, whether she's wearing a bikini, a crop top, or a costume.
  • Crysta from FernGully: The Last Rainforest wears a red Fairy Sexy dress that reveals her midriff.
  • Teegra from Fire and Ice wears, practically, nothing but a bikini.
  • Dolly Gnome from Gnomeo and Juliet.
  • In The Prince of Egypt, Tzipporah is first introduced in an outfit with a midriff-baring top. She wears a different outfit that averts the trope for the rest of the movie.
  • Linda from Rio in her Brazllian carnival costume. It's very out-of-character for her and she visibly feels uncomfortable in it, but Tulio finds her very attractive in it.
  • Chel in The Road to El Dorado has a midriff baring top that hardly covers her breasts.
  • Lola Bunny from Space Jam has the crop top and shorts combo both as her on-court uniform, and as her tryout apparel.
  • The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie: The mermaid, Princess Mindy.
  • DJ Suki from Trolls wears a top that shows off her navel area that contains a gem.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Forgotten Friendship: This being a Beach Episode for the series, the swimwear worn by Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Sunset Shimmer and Trixie include bared midriffs.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • A notorious cliché of the covers of Urban Fantasy novels featuring Action Girl protagonists.
  • Queen from María Pascual's character group "The Pack".
  • Ellie Sattler in the original Jurassic Park novel. In the film she wears a top that covers her midriff under her pink knot-up shirt.
  • In Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark it is discussed with the superhero, GRAVI-Tina. She is shown, at times, to be more powerful than resident Superman expy The Almighty Asper, she takes down the world’s greatest villain herself, all while using her powers over gravity to fit into her absurdly tiny costume.
  • Masha from Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures books aims to prove that one doesn't need a slim figure to wear a bare midriff outfit. Many other characters really wish she wouldn't.
  • In the first The Kingdom Keepers book, Amanda is noted to dress this way. Charlene's Virtual Magic Kingdom avatar dresses this way as well.
  • In Animorphs 'In The Time Of Dinosaurs' Rachel discusses the 'bare midriff look.'
  • Forgotten Realms: Jarlaxle, for his first couple of appearances at least. It helps that the Underdark has a fairly constant temperature.
  • Part of Bree Pym's "youthful take on funeral attire" in Aunt Dimity Down Under was a black miniskirt paired with "a clinging black sweater that covered her tattoos but didn't quite cover her tummy."
  • Kajiya in Destined to Lead, even depicted on the cover art. However, she gets a non-midriff bearing outfit in book two, according to Word of God.
  • Many fairies in the Rainbow Magic series do this on the covers of their books. Since they look very young, however, it's not very fanservicey.
  • The Posterchildren: A Justified Trope with Jenny Chambers. Her powers open a portal over her abdomen so she can't wear anything over it if she needs to use it.
  • Claire Redfield in the novelization of Resident Evil – Code: Veronica. (Unsurprisingly. Since she is dressed this way in the game and comic.)
  • In Stephen King's Song of Susannah: The eponymous heroine Susannah, having last seen New York in 1964, time-travels to New York in 1999, where she is astonished that women are walking around with their bellies exposed.
  • Some of the characters in Spectral Shadows do this, such as Princess Tabby Tiger in Serial 2, some of the female brothel workers' outfits in Serial 11, and Saint Saffron's costume from the same serial.
  • Jack Slash in Worm.

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    Podcasts 
  • Summer from Sequinox has this in her outfit. It's also present in Chell and Hannah's gym outfits (Syd mentions it looks like they're trying to have an ab contest).

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Quite common for females in Professional Wrestling.
  • Stevie Richards often wore a midriff-baring tank top.
  • Early in her career, Princesa Sujei cut a hole out of her singlet to show off her six pack.
  • The All Night Express, Kenny King and Rhett Titus, wore hooded sweat shirts that had their torsos exposed on ROH TV.
  • After Super Shenlong III lost his mask to Akira Tozawa at the conclusion of the Mad Blankey vs -akatsuki- conflict in Dragon Gate, this became his new look as Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria.
  • Kofi Kingston in 2017 often wore a midriff-baring tank top.

    Roleplay 

    Theater 
  • In the 1930's and '40's, Lily Pons portrayed the title role of Delibes' Lakmé in this manner. Since she was both petite and slender, this made her the Ms. Fanservice of the Metropolitan Opera of her time.
  • Tsukiuta likes to use this for fanservice, starting with You in Yumemigusa. His 2015-era stage costume also featured this - the one with the jacket with no shirt underneath. Both he and Iku have this in their stage costumes from the anime, and on the live actors, a lot more shows when they move. In the seventh play, Cyber-Dive Connection Hajime, who is usually the most covered up, had very revealing side cutouts on his costume - and, of course, You did too.
  • Tsukipro's SQS series, from episode 3 onward, features both units in their 2019-era stage costumes. Everyone has this area showing except for leaders Shiki and Shu, but Rikka and Tsubasa have so much showing, combined with the flowing, silky skirt-like parts in the back, that they look like bellydancers. And then Dai reaches up Tsubasa's shirt...

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • This seems to be a popular look in the world of RWBY. Most of Yang and Blake's outfits, Emerald's standard outfit, Cinder's tournament outfit, Neopolitan's tournament outfit, and Neon's standard outfit are all designed with midriff display in mind. Blake's model actually didn't feature a visible belly button in Volumes 1-3 due to a program error, but after a change in animation software for Volume 4 and beyond, she has one now.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Summertime Shorts, "Leaping Off the Page": Rainbow Dash in her Imagine Spot, and Daring Do in the cover of the book.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Stephanie wears a gray one.
  • Dreamscape: Soya is a rare non-flamboyant male example of this.

    Web Original 
  • Gaia Online:
    • An interesting inversion after the Art Shift. Unpopular Island Girl Sasha got a more modest look — and suddenly she has fans.
    • Most female Gaia characters still play the trope straight.
    • A subversion comes every year around Halloween these days, though, when little old lady Agatha dresses up as Medusa, including the world's saggiest metallic bra...
  • The Rappelz online banner ads likely on this page feature plenty of nice tummy shots.
  • In the Whateley Universe, one of the many problems with the new costume of THE CRIMSON COMET!!!. Granted, she just got the superpowers and the curves a couple weeks ago and she hasn't gotten over it yet.
  • Katarina in Enter The Farside wears crop tops that show off her midriff.
  • Genoa Rivas in Void Domain.
  • In Justice Wing, Interviewing Leather and its sequels, most heroes and villains wear protective uniforms. Skimpier outfits — especially midriff-baring ones — are generally a tell that the character is much more durable than normal or otherwise can avoid injury or inconvenience. First tier villain Beguile, for example, is nigh indestructible, and wears midriff baring clothes by preference.
    • In Motivation, one of the newer prequels to Interviewing Leather, the villain Multiplette wears midriff baring outfits — but since her duplicates are actually made of energy and can't be hurt, she's another example of that same tell.

    Web Videos 
  • Marik Plays Bloodlines: "My midriff is like the Bermuda Triangle or something. People start going towards it and they're never heard from again!" Don't stare directly at it.
  • The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Blanche Ingram's outfit for one party with purple top and black skirt allowed her to show off her sexy belly. See it here.
  • Fairy Tale Friday: Thumbelina spends most of the story in sports bra, and Cinderella rocks a gay pride flag belly-shirt before her transformation.
  • Sportscaster Erin Andrews' peephole video: The video shows Ms. Andrews' ritual of ironing and curling her hair in the nude, along with her casual nudity lifestyle. Her stalker secretly shot the video through peepholes in her hotel rooms at the Nashville Marriot at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and the Radisson Hotel in Milwaukee, WI..
  • Kathy Smith in Kathy Smith's Flex Appeal: A Belly Dance Workout.

    Real Life 
  • Particularly common as athletic attire. Many women in warm climates choose to work out or run wearing only a sports bra for entirely practical reasons.
  • Paris Hilton. Paris Hilton. Dear God, PARIS HILTON!
  • Before the early-eighties, which is when manufacturers began making half t-shirts, young women would bare their midriffs by tying the bottom front into a knot.
  • Had its peak period in the West during the late 1990s and early 2000s, where a look for women involving cropped tops and extremely low-waisted trousers or skirts (for the really daring, below the top of the pelvis) became popular on the street and practically enforced for young female entertainment personalities. Died out because of how unflattering it was if you didn't have an absolutely flat stomach (the term "muffin top" was coined). It started to reappear slightly in the late 2010s, but without the exaggeratedly low waistlines of the turn of the century.
  • Cheerleaders: Many high school and college cheerleaders often do this by wearing bikinis and shorts and bikini tops during their car wash fundraisers.
  • Hooters Girls.
  • Wet T-shirt contests. (Warning, NSFW)
  • Jessica Nigri in most of her cosplay outfits.
  • These Vietnamese flight attendants perform a sexy bikini tops dance.

Alternative Title(s): Midriff Baring Outfit

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