Review: Soy Georgina

Many people question why some of the rich even get reality shows because they over dramatize scenarios and just flaunt their privileged, rich lifestyle. Geogina Rodriquez is a Spanish influencer, business woman, mother, and partner of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Last year she premiered in one of Netflix’s newest reality shows Soy Georgina  that dives deep into her background, daily life, and work life. Those that do know her mainly know her because of her partner Cristiano Ronaldo,

Georgina came from a small town in Argentina and was not born from riches nor known but rather lived a normal life. She strives to empower women and children from all over the world by making generous donations and visiting teen group homes in Europe. Cristiano and Geogina have been together for seven years and have four children together. Their love story started when Cristano walked into a Gucci store and she was a salesperson there. They describe their encounter as love at first sight.

As time passed everyone knew they were a couple but didn’t know much of Georgina. Most media saw her as a gold digger and had a negative connotation about her since being with the famous footballer opened many doors for her. All this negativity inspired a reality show mainly focused on her and her upbringing, daily life as a mom, worth ethic, and personality. Where people got to see the real her and who she is as a person. 

The first season premiered in January 2022, with six episodes capturing Georgina’s humble background and struggles. Along with special appearances of Cristiano Ronaldo and family friends. Cristiano mainly appears on the first season where he has an interview on how they two met and the struggles they went through together as a couple. As the series unfolds, viewers quickly learn she was not born into wealth but was rather lower class, although some might say she was just very lucky because she went from selling designer clothes to wearing them. She worked as a waitress, babysitter, and salesperson prior to all the glitz and glamor. 

In Season 1, she shares her passions, like ballet. She danced when she was very young, but she had to give it up because her parents couldn’t afford lessons. Another passion is her charity work. In episode five of season one she visits a foster home of kids ranging from ages 5 to 17 in Madrid, Spain. A highlight from this episode is her going in person to visit the kids and give them gifts like clothes and toys. She also connects the kids through a Facetime call to Ronaldo, which the kids anticipated the most as they got to talk to him. She also reminisces on her life before it all changed, like the streets she would take to go to school and her favorite restaurants growing up. Season 1 then ends with her receiving an IMDB award from her charity work at an event. 

Fast forward to March 2023, Season 2 premieres, I came back to watch because the first season was entertaining, relatable, and genuine. Season 2 also has six episodes, but is different from the previous season because we see her show vulnerability with the audience and it focuses on some of her appearances and travel to Manchester and The Venice Film Festival, as well as advertising with top brands. 

We see her vulnerability with the audience when she talks about the passing of her son during birth in the first episode. With tears running down her face, she mentions how it affected her greatly and she dealt with mental health issues during this time. She mentions her partner Cristiano was very supportive and her kids were her greatest motivation, as they still needed her support. 

On a more upbeat note, there was a tender moment in episode three with a backstage interaction with Rosalia, a popular artist from Spain. Accompanied by her youngest children who were also big fans of her, Georgina gives her gifts and Rosalia has a sweet interaction with her kids. Another event was her being a guest to the Latin Grammy awards, which was an honor for her. The audience gets behind the scenes moments and an idea of the hard work that goes behind showing up to an event that often  goes unnoticed. In my eyes, this was a highlight because she had never had a big name in any of her episodes. It mostly revolved around her, but it was nice to see a pop star appear on an episode unexpectedly. 

In addition, we see more of her charity work in episode five, where she visits a foster home in Portugal. While she greets the kids and brings them gifts and clothes again she receives a thank you portrait from them and she breaks down in tears. Growing up she had a rough childhood and especially with the passing of her son, so she is very sensitive around all the young children. At the end she says goodbye to all the kids and takes note of all the things they still need and how she can improve their living situation. 

Although season two was different and had many eventful moments, something that gave me a different feeling towards her was her seeming superficial and dismissive to those around her. I first noticed this in episode 1 of Season 2, where she takes two of her friends to her closet. There she tells one of her friends about a new pair of boots that don’t fit her quite right. Her friend is excited thinking she was giving  them to her, but Geogina tells her to wear them out for her and then give them back to her. Another example of this type of behavior was in episode 3 when her friends accompany her to a designer clothing store and they just see how much money she spends and they jokingly guess around how much she spends and they proceed to talk about how they could never afford that. 

My overall thoughts and ranking for Season 1 would be a 8/10 because she seemed relatable and just lucky to have been given this life in which she could now use her voice and status power to help others. Whereas Season 2, I would rate a 6/10 because she focused a great amount of the screen time on lavish items, from designer bags to her humongous closet, and just made her seem very out of touch with reality. I wanted to see more of how she coped with her miscarriage and went more in depth of how she emotionally handled it. Also, I would have wanted to see more interactions with the kids she visited.