Actress, model, legal scholar, soldier, business woman, social advocate…the list goes on and on. It seems like there’s nothing that Gal Gadot can’t do. Want to find out what makes Wonder Woman just so wonderful? Here are 24 wonderful facts about Gal Gadot.
Gal Gadot was raised Rosh HaAyin, Israel. Her father was an engineer, and her mother was a teacher. Although her father’s family had been in Israel for six generations, her mother’s family came from Europe; her grandfather survived the Auschwitz concentration camp before coming to Israel.
23. Humble Beginnings
Gadot has lived a pretty extraordinary life, but she got her start the same way a lot of us do. While in high school, Gadot got her first job working the fryer at Burger King.
22. Miss Israel
In 2004, while still a teen, Gadot was crowned Miss Israel. Gadot wasn’t particularly enamoured with the beauty queen lifestyle, however. She told People, “I showed up late to everything. They make you wear evening gowns for breakfast. I didn’t wear evening gowns to breakfast. I didn’t wear my makeup.”
21. Miss Universe
Nonetheless, Gadot was still expected to compete at Miss Universe pageant in Ecuador. She never came close to winning, and finished outside the top 15. I don’t know what the judges were thinking either.
20. Military Service
Israel has mandatory military service, and at 20, Gadot enlisted in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). During her two-year stint, Gadot served as a combat trainer; she spent much of that time teaching calisthenics and gymnastics.
19. Her Big Break
While serving with the IDF, Gadot was featured in a Maxim spread titled “Chosen Ones: Israeli Defense Forces,” which asked “Are the women of the IDF the world’s sexiest soldiers?” The spread, coupled with her notable experience as Miss Israel, brought her to the attention of modelling agencies and casting directors.
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