From Pageant Girl to Super Hero: Watch Gal Gadot’s transformation over the years

by Asfa Shakeel

We all know her as Wonder Woman, but before playing this iconic role, Gal Gadot did a whole lot of other stuff. She has had an eventful life that saw her doing everything from taking part in a pageant to being in the Israeli army to putting on 17 pounds!

Let’s take a look at her journey, and at several things you probably never knew about her!

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Gal Gadot took on a number of different roles before signing up as Wonder Woman. (Image source: YouTube)

1. Dancing

Gadot was born in Israel on April 30, 1985. Her mother was a teacher, her father was an engineer and her grandparents were survivors of the Holocaust. Gadot was athletic as a child and was inclined towards dance. In school, she studied ballet, hip-hop, modern and jazz. In fact, as a child, she wanted to become a choreographer.

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Gal Gadot was born in Israel in 1985. (Image source: YouTube)

2. Miss Israel to Miss Universe!

In 2004, Gadot was scouted by a talent agent and won the Miss Israel competition that year. She later said she was surprised she won, since she didn’t really want to and did not try hard for it. Gadot was then placed in the Miss Universe pageant, which she intentionally sabotaged to get out of winning.

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Gal Gadot was crowned Miss Israel in 2004. (Image source: YouTube)

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Gal Gadot purposefully sabotaged her Miss Universe pageant. (Image source: YouTube)

3. Law School

Gadot studied Law in school, and then served in the Israel Defence Forces for two years as a combat instructor. Even during this time, her access to the pageant world meant she continued to model, and was featured in the 2007 Maxim’s Women of the Israeli Army feature.

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Gal Gadot served in the Israel Defence Force for two years as a combat instructor. (Source: Facebook)

4. Israeli Television

Gadot then joined a short-lived Israeli series which can roughly be translated to Babes and Bond. The show only lasted for one season, but it gave Gadot the necessary exposure to the cameras that she would require later on.

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Gal Gadot also starred in the Israeli TV show, Babes and Bond. (Image source: YouTube)

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The show lasted only one season but it gave Gal Gadot important exposure. (Image source: YouTube)

5. Fast and Furious

She dropped out of school after the first year and appeared in her first movie, Fast and Furious. During this time, she also appeared in a men’s magazine, FHM.

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Gal Gadot starred in Fast and Furious after dropping out of school after one year. (Image source: YouTube)

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Gal Gadot starred in a men’s magazine titled FHM. (Source: Facebook)

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Gal Gadot’s pageant run had given her good exposure for future modelling. (Source: Facebook)

6. Marriage and Motherhood

Around the same time, Gadot met Yaron Varsano who would later become the man she married. Varsano, who is 10 years older than Gadot, proposed to her two years later, and they were married in 2008. They now have 2 daughters.

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Gal Gadot married her husband in 2008, and they now have 2 daughters. (Image source: YouTube)

7. Minor Movie Roles

Gadot then appeared in a series of smaller roles. She was a henchwoman in Knight and Day opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.

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Gal Gadot was also a henchwoman opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in Knight and Day. (Image source: YouTube)

She also appeared in Date Night as Natania, one of the many main love interests. She was seen as Lisa in an episode of Entourage, as a supermodel.

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Gal Gadot appeared in Date Night as Natania. (Image source: YouTube)

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Gal Gadot also appeared in an episode of Espionage. (Image source: YouTube)

8. Weight Gain for Diana Prince

Gadot then took on the role of Diana Prince, which led to an intense body transformation for the Israeli model. She put on 17 pounds through a mixture of different workouts.

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Gal Gadot prepared for Wonder Woman by putting on 17 pounds through a variety of exercises. (Image source: YouTube)

9. Batman v Superman

Gadot appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and her performance was a showstopper considered equal to the actual stars of the film.

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Gal Gadot’s performance in Batman v Superman was critically acclaimed. (Image source: YouTube)

Her role led to a standalone Wonder Woman movie, which broke records by making over $101 million on its opening weekend. It became the biggest opener for a film with a female director.

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Gal Gadot received a lot of praise for her role in Wonder Woman. (Image source: YouTube)

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Wonder Woman was a smashing success in the box office, and had the most successful opening weekend of any movie with a female director. (Image source: YouTube)

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Gal Gadot has signed on for at least two more DC films. (Source: Facebook)

Gadot has now signed on for at least two more DC films, and fans are excited to see her return as Wonder Woman and take the superhero world by storm!

What a journey!



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