Perhaps no person has enjoyed such a widely known and celebrated song dedicated to them than Helô Pinheiro. One day at a bar in Rio de Janeiro, lyricist Vinicius De Moraes and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim witnessed Pinheiro walking down the fashionable Ipanema strip. The event was to change their lives and the music world forever. Her beauty and alluring gait inspired the song “The girl from Ipanema,” which would go on to be one of the most successful and influential songs of the 20th century.

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Helo Pinheiro: Tall and tan and young and lovely

Legendary lyricist and writer of the song Vinicius de Moraes would later dedicate another tribute to her:

“She is a golden girl, a mixture of flowers and mermaids, full of light and full of grace, but whose character is also sad with the feeling that youth passes and that beauty isn’t ours to keep.  She is the gift of life with its beautiful and melancholic constant ebb and flow.”

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Helô Pinheiro with Vinicius De Moraes