Gal Gadot's speech at CCA focuses on gender equality


Heba Bitar, a correspondent for Lebanese-based television channel Al Mayadeen, tweeted: "I love and respect Elie Saab, but is he really happy an Israeli actress wore a dress he designed?"

Another social media user wrote, "I'm not going to ask why Gal would wear Elie Saab... but I'm asking why his team would post it?"

When Wonder Woman - the smash superhero hit of the summer - was released, Lebanon moved to ban the film since Gadot is an IDF veteran.

This is not the first time the Lebanese have spoken out against Gadot though.

Last year, the Critics' Choice Awards began giving the #SeeHer award, which honors women who "push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape".

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"Anything that makes you feel more confident more handsome and better about yourself has to do with [feminism]", shared Gadot. "A flawless @gal_gadot in ELIE SAAB Ready-to-Wear Spring Summer 2018 at the national board of review annual gala in NY", wrote Saab on her Instagram page in a now-deleted post. Gadot's Instagram post from the awards ceremony didn't mention the designer. Gal completed her look with black strappy heels and red nail polish for a minimal yet glamorous aesthetic.

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Gadot had served for two years in the Israeli army as a combat trainer, and Lebanon's Ministry of Economy issued the ban just before the film was scheduled to premiere.

Going on to speak about Hollywood's gender equality, Gal explained, 'When I started acting, there were very few female-led movies, and even fewer female directors.