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Gal Gadot Puts the Wonder Back in WONDER WOMAN

Gal Gadot with Wonder Woman’s magical bracelets, photographed at Beachwood Studios in Los Angeles, CA on October 19, 2016. Nino Muñoz for TIME

–by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

 
West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 6/16/17 – I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place.  But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness simmering within.  I learnt this the hard way, a long, long time ago.–Diana Prince (Wonder Woman)

Wonder Woman has become perhaps the world’s best-known female action hero since being introduced by DC Comics in October 1941.  The Amazing Amazon who partners with no less than Batman and Superman is a founding member of the Justice League and Ambassador-at-Large of the Amazonian people.
 
People Are Actually Mad That Wonder Woman Gal Gadot Has No Armpit Hair

Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince) was created by the American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston (pen name: Charles Moulton) and artist Harry G. Peter.  Marston drew a great deal of inspiration from early feminists, and especially from birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger.

 
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 21: Actors Gal Gadot (L) and Lynda Carter wave to the audience at the Wonder Woman UN Ambassador Ceremony at United Nations on October 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)

With her lush figure set off by long ebony hair and lovely blue eyes, this girl is a goddess both of love and war!  Actress Lynda Carter literally fleshed out Wonder Woman physically in her long-ago 1970’s television role, garnering comparisons with Elizabeth Taylor.

 
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine PHOTO: CHARLEY GALLAY/GETTY IMAGES FOR DC ENTERTAINMENT

While tall, rangy Israeli-born brunette actress Gal Gadot strays rather far from this prototype, she definitely channels Wonder Woman’s activist essence in the 2017 film co-starring Chris Pine and Robin Wright.  This might be explained by Gadot’s service for two years in the Israeli Army and previous role as Gisele Yashar in the The Fast and the Furious franchise.

 
Despite her recent success, Gal Gadot has been a Wonder Woman for many years. As an 18-year-old, Gadot won the 2004 Miss Israel competition.

Gadot’s ancestry is Polish-Jewish, Austrian-Jewish, German-Jewish, and Czech-Jewish.  A breathtaking combination of Angelina Jolie and Monica Bellucci, she won the 2004 Miss Israel beauty pageant at age 18 and moved on to compete in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant.  In 2007, the 21-year-old Gadot was featured in the Maxim photo shoot, “Women of the Israeli Army.”

 
Even as a child, Gadot was always inclined towards sports and fitness. “I always played ball outside in the backyard. I was a dancer for 12 years. I did tennis, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, you name it. I was such a tomboy,” she adds.

Her high school major was biology and she was successful at basketball in high school because of her height.  As an adult, the 32-year-old Gadot started studying law and political science twice.

 
Gadot has received swordsmanship, Kung Fu kickboxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training in preparation for her Wonder Woman role.  The WONDER WOMAN film is the second of three DC Extended Universe installments that will feature this spunky heroine.
 
In this image released by Starpix, actress Lynda Carter, who starred in the 1970s series,”Wonder Woman,” left, and actress Gal Gadot, who stars in the upcoming film, “Wonder Woman,” appear at a United Nations event naming the super hero character as an Honorary Ambassador For the Empowerment of Women and girls, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at the United Nations. (Marion Curtis/Starpix/AP)

On October 21, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, that character was designated by the United Nations as its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, a gesture intended to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.  In attendance to mark the occasion was Gadot, fellow Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and U.N. Under-Secretary General Cristina Gallach.

 
Wonder Woman (2017)
Gal Gadot

“I used to want to save the world, to end war and bring peace to mankind.  But then I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light.  I learnt that inside every one of them there will always be both.  The choice each must make for themselves – something no hero will ever defeat.  And now I know. . . that only love can truly save the world.  So now I stay, I fight, and I give – for the world I know can be.  This is my mission now, for ever,” says Gadot in the last lines of WONDER WOMAN–and we believe her!  Prepare for a rousing summer romp with Gal Gadot and the rest in theaters everywhere.

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