“Justice League” heroes may be a harder sell to movie fans these days than “Marvel” heroes, but “Wonder Woman” was a smashing hit with audiences, due largely to the choice of actress Gal Gadot for the starring role.
With a unique career as both a model and a military combat instructor, Gadot combined elegance with superb smackdowns in last year’s action thriller. But her heritage and history with the Israel Defense Forces haven’t made her a fan of everyone.
And with her choice of dress for the National Board of Review Awards Gala on Tuesday, things really came to a head. And it wasn’t because her gown laid bare a small slice of midriff. It’s because it was praised online by its Lebanese designer.
According to Step Feed, famed fashion designer Elie Saab posted a photo of Gadot wearing one of his creations at the gala and gave it the Instagram caption: "A flawless Gal Gadot in Elie Saab Ready-to-Wear Spring Summer 2018 at the national board of review annual gala in New York."
Lebanese journalist Heba Bitar fired back, according to BBC, writing on Twitter, "I love and respect Elie Saab, but is he really happy an Israeli actress wore a dress he designed?"
Al Jadeed TV producer Farah Shami wrote, “I don’t have a problem with her wearing @ElieSaabWorld but I do have a problem with posting her picture from Elie Saab’s account and bragging about an ex Israeli soldier wearing his dress! Don’t ruin one the few things that make us proud Lebanese people! Elie Saab makes us proud.”
In response, Saab deleted his Instagram post. Israel and Lebanon are still technically at war, as they have been since 1948. “Wonder Woman” was not shown in any theaters in Lebanon because of its Israeli lead actress, who has expressed her support for other Israeli soldiers. Ironically, the less-popular “Justice League” movie, which has Gadot as one of its co-stars, was allowed.
Gadot was at the gala on Tuesday to receive the Spotlight Award for her performance in “Wonder Woman.” She is also a UN Honorary Ambassador for her work in supporting the empowerment of women and young girls, Entertainment Weekly reported.
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