I have a confession to make…I have a girl crush.
I’d felt it for a while, but it was cemented whilst reading a back issue of Marie Claire featuring a piece about Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot.
I’m talking about the woman who played Wonder Woman in the latest DC Comic movie but who is really a wonder woman in her every day life.
Gal Gadot may only be a name that is recognisable in recent years, but she is already known as a true “girl’s girl”. Gadot is a woman whom I wish I had as a role model when I was growing up.
A notoriously hard worker, the former Miss Israel and Israeli Defence Forces combat trainer is a self-professed control freak who has a penchant for socialising, meditating and riding motorcycles. She is truly one badass chick!
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins refers to Gadot as one of the most genuine women she has ever met and the Israeli actress is quick to acknowledge her female colleagues when speaking to press. Where so many women put their colleagues down to give themselves a rise up, the opposite can be said about Gadot. Whilst she is very competitive, she is also one of the few women, especially in the entertainment industry, to realise that strength and power comes from raising the entire gender up, not just herself.
When Jenkins was finally awarded a pay rise for the second instalment of the Wonder Woman movie franchise, it was Gadot who was her head cheerleader. The pay rise means that Jenkins is now the highest paid female filmmaker ever.
In an interview with Variety, Gadot spoke with pride about the decision.
“She is definitely paving the way for so many other female directors. I think it was very important that she fought to get the best deal. You got to walk the walk and talk the talk.”
Joining Jenkins in challenging the status quo, Gadot also recently took a stance against Brett Ratner’s involvement in the Wonder Woman sequel by refusing to sign on if it involved the financier, following numerous sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against him. Ratner’s RatPac Dune Entertainment co-financed the first Wonder Woman movie.
"At the end of the day, a lot has been written about my views and the way that I feel, and everyone knows the way that I feel because I'm not hiding anything," Gadot told Today. "But the truth is, there's so many people involved in making this movie, and they all echo the same sentiments.”
Ties with Ratner’s company have since been severed.
Now that is a woman with kahunas…
As a mum of daughters, Gadot has emphasised to her eldest, Alma, that working makes her happy and will encourage her daughters to strive for their passion.
Her wish for all girls, according to the piece in Marie Claire, is that they love themselves enough to “surround themselves with people who make them feel worthy.” Worthy all the time.
With strong, intelligent, courageous, independent, fierce and yet beautifully feminine role models like Gal Gadot for our younger generation, the future is looking just that much brighter.
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