Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Row after Gal Gadot wears dress by Lebanese fashion brand

Row after Gal Gadot wears dress by Lebanese fashion brand

This year, Gal Gadot was appropriately given the honor at the 2018 Critics Choice Awards, and her acceptance speech was just as heartfelt and empowering as her portrayal of Wonder Woman.

Gadot was wearing the dress to the National Board of Review awards in New York Thursday, where she and director Patty Jenkins received the Spotlight Award for their work on "Wonder Woman".

Israel and its northern neighbour Lebanon have technically been at war since 1948 and the post immediately sparked a backlash online before being removed altogether.

The Instagram page for Saab's brand posted a photo of Gadot in the gown on Wednesday, calling her "flawless".

Lebanese TV producer Farah Shami wrote on Twitter that she doesn'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!"

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

Standing ovation Gal reacted as she received a standing ovation from the audience at Barker Hangar
Standing ovation Gal reacted as she received a standing ovation from the audience at Barker Hangar

Bitar was then called out for her remarks about Elie Saab.

"I love and respect Elie Saab, but is he really happy an Israeli actress wore a dress he designed?"

It wouldn't be an awards show without an inspiring speech, and Gal Gadot delivered. Gal completed her look with black strappy heels and red nail polish for a minimal yet glamorous aesthetic. The actress noted that although there seems to be some progress, there's still a long way to go.

Last year, Gadot's superhero film was banned from Lebanese cinemas.

A fashion designer and an actress have become the unwitting faces of the political conflict between Lebanon and Israel. Now, when I started acting, there were very few female-led movies, and even fewer female directors.


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