Maybe someone can explain to me why some of the pop sites show photos of female celebrities’ stomachs with captions raving—positively shouting—about how great their abs are…not just their mid-sections or their overall body svelteness, but their abs. I remain perplexed.

I know some of these women are sex goddesses, top actresses, famous singers. They are definitely attractive. And they may have toned bodies that can be applauded for overall fitness. But I can’t appreciate the abs that I see…or rather don’t see.

Are the fan magazines referring to that slight vertical muscle showing on Adriana Lima’s stomach? I thought abs were horizontal muscles…

Stacy Keibler

Megan Fox

Lake Bell

Adriana Lima