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While movies like Frozen and Moana have introduced more complex female characters for young girls to look up to, Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot finally gives them their very own Batman or Superman. A symbol of strength, courage, and bravery, Wonder Woman is a refreshing pivot away from the typical boy-meets-girl narrative that tends to champion a woman's looks as her best and most important quality.
A heartfelt interaction between Gadot and a young Wonder Woman fan at Comic-Con epitomizes why this representation is so important. The young girl, who was wearing a Wonder Woman headpiece and cape, burst into tears once she reached the front of the line to meet Gadot.
"She was so happy to meet her that she was tearing up," wrote her mother, Christine Keller, on Twitter. "These characters matter and can have a huge influence on young people," she added on Facebook. "What a great role model and genuine, nice person. My daughter will always remember this moment for the rest of her life."
Gadot immediately began comforting the young fan, grabbing her hand and telling her, "Now we are friends, so there's no reason to cry anymore. We are together!" See the touching clip of Gadot and the Wonder Woman fan below.
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