Gal Gadot poses for a fashionable photo shoot for Marie Clare and reveals details of her fitness and training routine, and her past history in the Israeli military. She also shares her thoughts on becoming Wonder Woman, making her debut in Zack Snyder’s ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.’

Gal Gadot

The 30-year-old model turned actress and soon to be Wonder Woman been a perennial topic of interest ever since she was announced to take on that role of the iconic DC comic book heroine. Up until that sudden wave of intense publicity that’s not abated, Gal Gadot had been known mainly for her portrayal of Gisele Harabo in the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise. And, of course, before that she had a beauty-queen history as no less than Miss Israel in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant.

She’s dazzling in the Marie Claire photo shoot, and, it is not about how much skin she’s showing or whether or not she was Photoshopped, it’s all about the fashion. As she was, after all, a model. And, in between the pages of high fashion styles (one of which you can see below) she shares some tidbits about her fitness past and present.

She says of her current routine, “For a workout, I hit the gym and do Pilates. I also love playing beach volleyball with friends.”

And she also details her past history, noting 12 years of study as a dancer of a variety of styles including ballet and hip-hop, and observes, “If I weren’t acting, I’d be a choreographer.”

She also opened up about her military past and said of it, “To become a fight-training instructor in the Israeli Defense Forces, I did a four-month boot camp where I had to go for seven-mile runs every morning at 6:30 a.m.!” She went on to add, “It was good prep for acting, because movies require a lot of discipline and responsibility.”

And as for her beauty queen past, she said, “Before my army service, I thought, Why not try out for the Miss Israel pageant? I could tell my grandkids that Grandma competed! I did it to have fun, and made friends because I wasn’t competitive. I had no idea I would win.”

Now, from dancer to beauty queen to military veteran to Wonder Woman. Yes, quite a story for the grandchildren! And that journey hasn’t been without its social media snares and backlash. Her casting was met with mixed reactions, to put it mildly.

Gal Gadot was criticized for allegedly being too skinny and for not buxom enough for the iconic Wonder Woman who, like most comic book characters is drawn with impossible proportions that no woman in the real world could match. One would have to have a DD bra size and a 19 inch waist. Not likely!

She reflects upon taking on the Wonder Woman role in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, saying, “I prefer to portray the stronger, more independent, inspiring woman than the heartbroken, sad one. Because in real life, women do it all.”

And Gal Gadot is a case in point! You can see the complete interview photo spread here.

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