Still at war

Lebanese designer ignites controversy by sharing picture of Gal Gadot wearing his dress

Gal Gadot wore ELIE SAAB to the 2018 The National Board Of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab is under fire in his home country after he shared a photo of Israeli actress Gal Gadot wearing one of his dresses on Instagram. In the since-deleted post, Saab described the actress as “flawless” wearing one of his blue sash dresses while promoting his upcoming Spring and Summer collection. The post prompted anger from many Lebanese users who sternly reminded him that Israel and Lebanon have been legally at war since Israel’s creation in 1948. Last year, Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy even banned Gadot’s Wonder Woman from being shown in the country because of her nationality and support for Israel’s army.

“I love and respect Elie Saab, but is he really happy an Israeli actress wore a dress he designed?” wrote Lebanese journalist Heba Bitar.

Other users said they had no problem with Gadot wearing one of Saab’s dresses, but suggested that it was unpatriotic of him to share the photos on his own account.

“I do have a problem with … bragging about an ex Israeli soldier wearing his dress!” wrote one user. “Don’t ruin one of the few things that make us proud Lebanese people! Elie Saab makes us proud.”

Gadot, who served her mandatory two years in the Israeli military after winning the Miss Israel beauty competition, has also angered supporters of Palestine in the past by condemning Hamas and supporting Israeli troops during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict that left more than 2,000 Palestinians and 60 Israeli soldiers dead.

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.


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