Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot is set to become the new face of Gucci Fragrances, amid hype surrounding the soon-to-be-released Batman v Superman film in which she stars as Wonder Woman.
The 29-year-old will join a distinguished list of celebrities who modeled for the brand, including Natasha Foley, Raquel Zimmermann and Blake Lively.
However, on the Hollywood front, critics have panned Gadot for her gaunt physique and claimed that she was unsuitable to play the lead role in the DC Entertainment/Warner Bros film — which the actress brushed off as “empty talk,” saying that she remained unfazed by the criticism.
“They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small. I understand that part of what I’m doing means being exposed. And part of being exposed is being under fire (criticism),” Gadot told Robot Underdog.
“Playing Wonder Woman is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I can’t describe to you how much I wanted to play this character without even knowing I wanted to play her,” she said.
Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming film, praised Gadot for her exceptional acting abilities and said that she fits the role “perfectly.”
“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favourite in the DC Universe,” Snyder told The Independent.
“Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role,” he said
Gadot was born in Rosh Ha’ayin and was a fitness trainer during her IDF service. She became Miss Israel in 2004 and first got international attention when she appeared in a 2007 photo shoot for Maxim magazine focused on the sexy female soldiers of the IDF. Later, in addition to her successful modeling career, she acted in Israeli television and in the blockbuster “The Fast and the Furious” film franchise.
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) March 22, 2015
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.