She was a Gucci sales assistant when fate brought her face-to-face with one of the biggest football stars. Cristiano Ronaldo met Georgina Rodriguez when she was living a rather simple life that soon propelled into a multi-million dollar extravagance. She now lives in a comfortable home with the Al-Nassr's main man and their four kids in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In a recent tell-all with Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Georgina divulges her personal life, her career as a professional model and lifestyle influencer, her journey of loss and grief coupled with her gratitude for everything she owns now. Her life is everything she dreamt of.
However, one thing that caught our eye was the outfits the 29-year-old had donned for her latest stint by none other than Pakistan's ace couturier, Faraz Manan. After styling some of the biggest names in the Pakistani and Indian entertainment industry, Faraz now had the chance to play dress-up with one of the most prominent women in the world.
Georgina stunned in two floor-length gowns for the edition. For her first look, Faraz adorned her in a black sequin dress with a round fur neck long mesh cape, and Swarovski crystals. Her other look comprised a champagne-toned bejewelled top and pencil skirt with a power shoulder cape with Swarovski crystals.
Real to reel
The influencer, in a tete-a-tete with the publication, shared her decision to start a Netflix show, titled, I am Georgina. The said Netflix hit details her life with the former Manchester United player and her journey so far. “You never really know who someone truly is through social media,” she reasoned when discussing her motivation behind her show. “I wanted to offer a glimpse into what my life is like and who I am, from my professional day-to-day to the private moments I share with family and friends. I want the public to get to know me and my essence, who I am behind cameras and off social media.”
She went on to add, “Through my series, I wanted to normalise talking about every kind of situation in the most natural way possible. I talk about absolutely everything, from the happy to the devastating."
Losing a child
But her life isn't a fairy tale and the second season of her show portrays it well. Last year, the couple lost their newborn son. "It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away. It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel," the pair said in a jointly-signed statement in April 2022. "Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support. We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time."
A year later, she admitted tearfully that she's still coming to terms with the loss. “It’s like I’m not ready to accept it yet. A piece of my heart flew away.” She elaborated, “The most important thing in the world to me and my absolute top priority are my children. When you become a mother, your priorities change and your own needs take a back seat. You live entirely for your family. Motherhood shows you what pure, unconditional love really is and how to love others endlessly.”
The merging of cultures
Cristiano and Georgina moved to Saudi Arabia earlier this year. “Travelling and living in new cultures, especially living in countries that are so different from each other, always helps you grow as a person. You open your mind and become more tolerant of those around you. They are all enriching experiences that we are very fortunate to experience,” she shared.
She detailed how she plans on incorporating her work to a place she's moved to but knows little about. “The key is to carry out every project with the same passion and excitement as I did at the beginning,” says Georgina. She also prides herself in staying true to the values that have characterised her, insisting that “respect, eagerness and professionalism are three things that have always defined my professional path, these values are especially important to me.”
One thing about Georgina is that she's always impeccably styled. "Fashion is a way of expressing who you are and how you feel. It’s also a point of connection among people who are completely different from each other,” she commented. “It brings them together to share something in common. I’ve met many of my friends and special people thanks to fashion.”
And she has sound advice to give as well. "You can’t make everyone happy. You can’t let anyone influence you, doubt yourself or let negative thoughts throw you off your path.” Having millions of followers on social media also means dealing with a certain amount of haters and scrutiny, but that’s nothing Georgina isn’t capable of handling. “Negative comments come from people who don’t know me. You can’t let that type of toxicity dominate your life or your thoughts.”
When asked what she misses about her past life, she said, "It’s the small things that you miss. Being able to sit on a bench in the street or go to the park with your children without feeling observed.”
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