What do Israeli actress Gal Gadot and former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have in common?
In the political sphere and the entertainment world, both woman have have come to the forefront as female role models who continue to smash through the proverbial glass ceiling. They are also both fans of the DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman.
Earlier this week, Clinton expressed her admiration for the the Amazonian warrior princess, whom Gadot portrays in the live action box office hit "Wonder Woman
" that premiered in May.
Speaking in a recorded video message at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Clinton indicated that she could relate to the fictional character.
“Now I haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet, but I’m going to, in part because it’s directed by the fabulous Patty Jenkins,” Clinton said in the address. “But something tells me that a movie about a strong, powerful woman fighting to save the world from a massive international disaster is right up my alley.”
Gadot, who has garnered widespread acclaim for her performance is the film, has also said that the role resonated with her on a feminist level.
“I think that it’s so important that we have also strong female figures to look up to, and Wonder Woman is an amazing one,” the former IDF soldier and mother of two told Variety
magazine in May.
With "Wonder Woman" blazing a trail at theaters across the United States, the female superhero is being hailed as a powerful new role model for girls and a break away from sexism in Hollywood.
The film smashed box office records on its opening weekend, raking in more than $103 million in the United States - a record for a movie directed by a woman. The film broke the previous record for a movie directed by a woman held by Sam Taylor-Johnson for "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Online debates ahead of the film's release about the Amazonian superhero's lack of armpit hair and the furor surrounding her selection last year as a UN honorary ambassador, only served to boost box office takings.
But it is above all the depiction of the sword-wielding, lasso-tossing character as an empowered woman that accounts for the film's triumph, said Melissa Silverstein, founder of the Women and Hollywood blog and co-founder of the women-focused Athena Film Festival.
Wonder Woman was first imagined in 1941 as an icon of female empowerment - even appearing on the inaugural cover of the flagship feminist publication Ms
. magazine three decades later.Reuters contributed to this report.
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