When Gadot was originally announced as the recipient in December, the Association of National Advertisers - which sponsored the award - called her a "powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman but in life as well".
This is not the first time Gadot has found herself in the middle of controversy due to her nationality. "It was clear to me that I wanted to play a strong and independent woman - a real one".
While Angelina Jolie turned heads in a rather feathered fashion, Nicole Kidman went full-on fuchsia in a stunning sheer Valentino gown. In doing so, she sets a positive example for humanity. But the really special thing is, she didn't do it for the glory.
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Although "Wonder Woman" and then "Justice League" were banned over Gadot's starring role, other movies she's featured in - including the popular "Fast and Furious" series, "Criminal", "Triple 9" and "Batman v. Superman" - were all shown in Lebanon.
And she's right - the percentage of women behind the camera has not changed in 20 years.
'When I started acting, there were very few female led movies and even fewer female directors. "We've been witnessing a movement in our industry and society and I want to share this award with all the women and men who stand for what's right".
Gadot also alluded to the #MeToo campaign by mentioning the industry's role in educating for respect. "Elie Saab makes us proud". Gadot will team up with Jenkins again for Wonder Woman 2, set for release on November 1, 2019.