Lebanese designer under fire for praising 'flawless' Gal Gadot

13 Enero, 2018, 05:12 | Author: Gregg Anderson
  • Lebanese designer under fire for praising 'flawless' Gal Gadot

A Lebanese journalist Heba Bitar commented on social media, "I love and respect Elie Saab, but is he really happy an Israeli actress wore a dress that he designed?"

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.

Despite being erased, the Lebanese Twitter-sphere didn't forget the photo's brief existence and users continued to criticize the designer for his public praise of Gadot. The special award was given to Gadot to honour her for using her powerful voice to advocate for women on and off screen and for breaking gender stereotypes.

The Isreali actor was presented with the prestigious award, which recognises women who push the boundaries in entertainment, for her performance in Wonder Woman. The actress wowed in a cobalt gown at The National Board of Review awards gala in NY.

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It wouldn't be an awards show without an inspiring speech, and Gal Gadot delivered. "It's about, first of all, equality, and it's about freedom of choice and I think that in this world we should all be feminists and whoever is not is a sexist", explained Gadot.

Alternatively, browse further one-shouldered wonders in our edit below. The actress noted that although there seems to be some progress, there's still a long way to go. Gadot has served in the Israeli army as a combat trainer for two years and Lebanon's Ministry of Economy issued the ban just before the film was scheduled to premiere.

The Israeli actress appeared in reprisals of the Fast and Furious, but none of them were banned in Lebanon.

She also pointed out that when she entered the industry, there were still only a handful of female-led movies and even fewer films with women as directors.

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