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?"
Gadot shot to stardom in 2017 following her leading role in Marvel's "Wonder Woman" - a movie banned in Lebanon after its release in May as part of the country's boycott of Israel.
Gadot's photo has since been removed. Watching Gadot deliver her speech, it was as if a real-life superhero was there, reassuring us the creative work we do matters, and that it always has the potential to make a positive change. "Elie Saab makes us proud". The Wonder Woman looked stunning in the blue sash dress at the National Board of Review Awards Gala earlier this week but not everyone thought so.
Gadot's speech highlighted the fact that Wonder Woman was meant to inspire everyone. "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. Click (right) to head straight to Luisa Via Roma and rest assured you will be the main attraction at your next event.More news: Trump expects medical exam to go well Friday
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"Although this is progress, there is still a long way to go", she said.
A fashion designer and an actress have become the unwitting faces of the political conflict between Lebanon and Israel.
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.