In the slowly ramping up promotion for next month’s Wonder Woman premiere, Gal Gadot was featured by the New York Times yesterday. Amongst the topics of conversation: criticism of Wonder Woman’s costume. But according to Gadot, being a feminist and wearing a metal bustier aren’t mutually exclusive.
“I think as a feminist, you should be able to wear whatever you like!” said Gadot in the interview. “In any case, there is such a misunderstanding of the concept. Feminism is about equality and choice and freedom. And the writers, Patty and myself all figured that the best way to show that is to show Diana as having no awareness of social roles. She has no gender boundaries. To her, everyone is equal.”
Gadot takes that concept of equality seriously. Not only does she intend to empower women through the role, but men as well, saying, “We have seen so many male-driven stories, so the more strong, female narratives we have, the better. I’m sure the movie will inspire girls, but you can’t empower women without empowering men, too. I hope Wonder Woman will be an icon for them, too.”
Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, and we’ll all feel a lot more empowered as soon as Warner Bros starts advertising this damn thing.