Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Gal Gadot in an Elie Saab Dress Prompts Backlash

Gal Gadot in an Elie Saab Dress Prompts Backlash

The only problem? Saab is a famed Lebanese fashion designer, and not all his fans were happy with the choice.

Gadot was wearing the dress to the National Board of Review awards in NY, where she and director Patty Jenkins for their work on Wonder Woman.

Elie Saab's Instagram page then posted an image of Gadot, with a description of the "flawless" actress in the brand's Ready-to-Wear Spring Summer 2018. But screenshots of the now-deleted post show that numerous designer's fans were not happy with him.

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Saab posted the picture on the designer's Instagram account, which was later taken down, the News said.

Another social media user wrote: "I'm not gonna ask why would she wear Elie Saab, but I'm asking why would his team post it?" Don't ruin one the few things that make us proud Lebanese people! "My promise and commitment to all of you is that I will never be silenced and we will continue to band together to make strides.for equality", she said to thunderous applause. The post was both condemned and condoned in thousands of comments.

While Saab's account pulled the photo, it didn't offer any explanation or apology for doing so. When Gadot was originally announced as the recipient in December, the Association of National Advertisers - which sponsored the award - called her a "powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman but in life as well". Lebanon also bans its citizens from entering Israel.

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