Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and fashion model. She won the Miss Israel title in 2004 and went on to represent Israel at the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant. Gadot is known for her role as Gisele in The Fast and the Furious film series. Gal Gadot was born and raised in Israel and her name has become a brand name in her homeland. In 2004, at the young age of 18, she was chosen to be "Miss Israel" and represented her country at the Miss Universe pageant in Ecuador. It did not take long after the pageant for Israeli and European agencies and companies to take notice of her. After doing local campaigns for companies such as Elite, Super Pharm and Strauss, she started working abroad doing campaigns for such brands as Perry Ellis, La Perla Lingerie, Arena, Danza, Esprit, etc. In 2008, she was chosen to be the face and lead model of Castro, Israelis largest clothing company which turned into an international clothing company. She was also featured on the cover of many magazines and did numerous fashion editorials. Though most Israelis begin their army service at the age of 18, Gal began her service at the age of 20 and kept on working as a model throughout her two-year service. Soon after her release from the army, the United States gained interest in the young Israeli model. The prestigious American magazine "Maxim" asked Gal to be their feature model on their cover and she was invited to be a special guest at the New York launch party. The sexy photo caused great controversy in both Israel and the United States and its popularity brought Gal to the front page of the New York Post.