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January 10, 2018 4:52 pm

Famous Lebanese Fashion Designer Removes Photo of Israeli Actress Gal Gadot From Instagram After Backlash

avatar by Shiryn Ghermezian

Gal Gadot. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Renowned Lebanese fashion label Elie Saab removed a photo of Israeli actress Gal Gadot from its official Instagram page on Wednesday following intense backlash from social media users.

The photo showed the “Wonder Woman” star wearing a Saab design to the National Board of Review annual gala, which took place on Tuesday in New York City. Shortly after the picture was uploaded, which included a caption calling Gadot “flawless,” comments starting pouring in, bashing the fashion label’s media management team for praising the actress.

Screenshots of the photo and the comments posted about Gadot were taken by the Dubai-based publication StepFeed. One online hater wrote, “I  don’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! Don’t ruin one the few things that make us proud Lebanese people!”

The fashion house removed the photo soon after.

Gadot has not responded to the controversy, but this is not the first incident involving Lebanon and the actress. Lebanese authorities last year banned “Wonder Woman” from screening in the county after activists of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement campaigned against the film.

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