Star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez was dressed by Pakistani designer Faraz Manan for a sit-down with Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, the magazine revealed on Monday.
The couple and their children are currently in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia following Ronaldo’s lucrative recruitment to the Al-Nassr football club as their striker.
Harper’s Bazaar Arabia shared the news about Rodriguez’s recent interview on Instagram, writing, “With nearly 50 million Instagram followers and an eponymous reality series on Netflix, KSA’s sparkling new addition to the neighbourhood @georginagio has quickly become one of the most talked about women on the planet.”
“Swept into the spotlight by Al-Nassr’s Cristiano Ronaldo, she has gone from selling luxury to jet-setting around the world. And while this may seem like a Cinderella-esque fairytale, Georgina is adamant that she wants to live her life like an open book – honest and real – during both triumph and tragedy.”
Pakistani Designer Faraz Manan also shared the newly-released editorial on Instagram. The designer hails from Lahore and has set up a flagship store in Dubai. He regularly dresses celebrities and most recently had dressed Grammy-nominated singer Bebe Rexha for the amfAR gala held during the Cannes Film Festival.
Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, Rodriguez discussed fashion, family and living in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking about her love for fashion she shared how “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.”
“It brings them together to share something in common,” she was quoted as saying.
‘A glimpse into my life’
She also spoke about how she appreciates the importance of family values in the country and that she feels safe in the Kingdom.
“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 was quoted as saying.
Currently starring in a reality show called ‘I Am Georgina’ on Netflix, Rodriguez offers an unadulterated look into her private world.
“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, she shared with Harper’s Bazaar. “I want the public to get to know me and my essence, who I am behind cameras and off social media,” she shared.
‘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.”
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.”