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Scenes from Wonder Woman being named UN ambassador

The DC Comics heroine is honored at a United Nations ceremony featuring appearances by Wonder Woman actresses Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot.

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On Friday, Wonder Woman's 75th birthday, the iconic character was named the United Nations' Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

Here, "Wonder Woman" actresses Lynda Carter, from the 1970s TV series, and Gal Gadot, from the 2017 "Wonder Woman" film, pose with the United Nations' designation at the
UN's Manhattan headquarters.

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DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, Lynda Carter, Gal Gadot, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach and "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins as Friday's ceremony began.

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A Wonder Woman-themed backdrop calls attention to the designation.

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Many children attended Friday's event, and both Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot waved to them often during the ceremony.

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Cristina Gallach, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, described the designation as one way the United Nations hopes to reach the widest possible audience when promoting gender equality.

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DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson said a 2017 comic book will come out as part of the campaign, and for the first time in the company's history, it will be simultaneously published in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.

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Lynda Carter's speech drew several standing ovations, and actress Gal Gadot complimented her fellow Wonder Woman actress by saying she should run for president of the United States.

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Gal Gadot spoke of being honored to portray the character, noting Wonder Woman's vision of a future with peace and acceptance.

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UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach (right) officially presented the designation to DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson.

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Tables at the Friday event displayed a #WithWonderWoman hashtag.

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