Fashion takes political turn as Elie Saab praises Gal Gadot


The Instagram page for Saab's brand posted a photo of Gadot in the gown on Wednesday, calling her "flawless". Israel and Lebanon have been at war since 1948, when the Israeli-Lebanon conflict first began.

The fashion studio of the Lebanese designer Elie Saab deleted from Instagram a picture of Gal Gadot amid rebuke over its ties to the Israeli actress.

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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!"

The Wonder Woman star was wearing a blue sash dress by the designer as she appeared at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in NY on Tuesday. Several Lebanese people took to social media to call out Saab for dressing Gadot and for complimenting her.

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Although "Wonder Woman" and then "Justice League" were banned over Gadot's starring role, other movies she's featured in - including the popular "Fast and Furious" series, "Criminal", "Triple 9" and "Batman v. Superman" - were all shown in Lebanon. "Elie Saab makes us proud".

It was blocked by the government because of the star's nationality and her support for Israel's army, it was reported at the time.

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Gadot sparked anger in 2014 when she wrote a Facebook post backing Israeli troops during the Gaza War, which left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead. Lebanon also bans its citizens from entering Israel.