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Wonder Woman named honorary ambassador

Actresses Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter accept the award on behalf of the iconic character.


October 21, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Gal Gadot at the UN.Gal Gadot at the UN.Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images
October 21, 2016 | Latest Photo

Wonder Woman may be turning 75, but she doesn't look her age at all.

The famed comic book superhero was honored today at the United Nations headquarters in New York where she was named its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

Accepting the plaque on behalf of the Amazonian princess were actresses Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter.

The Phoenix-born Carter portrayed Wonder Woman in the popular 1970s TV show while Gadot, a former Miss Israel, is currently portraying her on the big screen. A highly-anticipated movie about her origins is due out next year.

"I don't want to play a damsel in distress that needs to be saved. I don't like it when women in the movies are shown as the victims," Gadot said. "I always thought that if I could send out a message, I want to show the strong side of a woman and how she can handle tough situations."

Adds Carter: “There is some visceral identity that people have with the character that I played, because they went in their backyards and they pretended to be her,” she said. “We share that goddess within, maybe, and I enjoy hearing those stories."

Gal Gadot (left) and Lynda Carter (right) cheer as the UN names the comic character Wonder Woman its Honorary Ambassador.Gal Gadot (left) and Lynda Carter (right) cheer as the UN names the comic character Wonder Woman its Honorary Ambassador. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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