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A love letter to Gal Gadot: Why the actress meant so much to us this year

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File Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman skyrocketing to stardom under things that just make sense. A champion for young women and girls alike, Gadot was at the forefront in Hollywood this year for all good things.

Sharing the praise with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, the first female-led superhero blockbuster raked in $100 million at the box office in the United States and Canada.

Starring as the lead role in the first female-led superhero blockbuster, Gadot’s résumé reads far beyond Hollywood. She served two years in the Israeli army on the Israeli Defense Forces during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War, after winning the Miss Israel beauty pageant in 2004.

The Morning Breath broadcast its final show of the year on Friday, and while its co-hosts, Jackie and Claudia Oshry, discussed top pop culture moments from 2017, their admiration for the Israeli actress was palpable.

“So many people talk the talk. Few people walk the walk. And Gal and Patty walk the walk,” shared Jackie.

As far as walking the walk goes, Gadot and other Wonder Woman cast members appeared at the United Nations in October 2016 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman, to mark the character’s designation by the United Nations as its “Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.”

And the accolades don’t end there.

The 32-year-old mother of two has served as a beacon of inspiration for young women and girls. Wonder Woman Halloween costumes were abundant this year, while the internet was flooded with examples showing every woman or girl can be her own Wonder Woman.

And If you’re hoping for a Wonder Woman sequel, Gadot has firmly protested moviemaker Brett Ratner’s involvement in a potential second blockbuster. After allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against the producer, Gadot made it clear that Ratner has no place in the feel-good film.

The co-hosts of The Morning Breath would like to send their personal gratitude to Gadot, who made it cool to be a smart, proud Jewish woman in the industry. Is it a coincidence that two women morning-show hosts who are also Jewish rose to stardom at the same time Israeli-born Gadot’s blockbuster hit theaters? We’ll let you decide.