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Bared midriffs are the latest rage on red carpets and runway shows

Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Emma Stone attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Emma Stone attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Imogen Poots attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Imogen Poots attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift attends the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift attends the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Executive Producer/Actress Mindy Kaling speaks during The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring "The Mindy Project" at the Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2014 in Hollywood, California. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Executive Producer/Actress Mindy Kaling speaks during The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring "The Mindy Project" at the Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2014 in Hollywood, California. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Actress Anna Kendrick attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Actress Anna Kendrick attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Actress Gabrielle Union arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Gabrielle Union arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
A model walks the runway wearing an outfit from the spring/summer womenswear collection by Hong Kong label 5cm, an in-house brand from multi-label concept store i.t. -- FILE PHOTO: I.T
A model walks the runway wearing an outfit from the spring/summer womenswear collection by Hong Kong label 5cm, an in-house brand from multi-label concept store i.t. -- FILE PHOTO: I.T
Rihanna arrives at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2014 in New York. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Rihanna arrives at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2014 in New York. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

Suddenly, the midriff is everywhere.

Those inches of the torso - preferably taut and toned - are showing up on the bodies of celebrities from Rihanna to Taylor Swift and Cara Delevingne.

At last week’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume gala, singer Rihanna, in a Stella McCartney top; actress Anne Hathaway in a red Calvin Klein bustier; actress Emma Stone sporting a Thakoon ensemble; actress Imogen Poots in a Proenza bra-dress; and model Delevingne in a black halter, all bare midriff skin.

Singer Taylor Swift wore a J. Mendel crop top to the Academy of Country Music Awards last month and actress Mindy Kaling sported a Topshop number at PaleyFest 2014 in March.

Crop tops were also all over the spring runways, from Proenza Schouler and Dolce & Gabbana to more moderately priced lines like Tibi and Alice & Olivia. They are stocked several racks deep at Zara, H&M and Forever 21, reported the New York Times.

Skin is in, as these pictures show.

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