|Years active 1962 - 2003|
Name Heloisa Pinheiro
Grandchildren Rafaella Justus
|Born 7 July 1945 (age 78) (1945-07-07) Brazil, Rio de Janeiro|
Occupation model and businesswoman
Spouse Fernando Abel Mendes Pinheiro (m. 1966)
Marriage location Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Children Ticiane Pinheiro, Fernando Mendes Pinheiro Junior, Kiki Pinheiro, Jo Pinheiro
Parents Eneida de Menezes, Juarez Paz Pinto
Similar Sílvia Pfeifer, Betty Lago, Maria João (model)
Descubre la historia de la famosa “Garota de Ipanema” | Un Nuevo Día | Telemundo
Meet the "Girl from Ipanema" Who Inspired the Worldwide Hit | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN
Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (born July 7, 1945), better known as Helô Pinheiro ([eˈlo piˈɲejɾu]), is a Brazilian model and businesswoman.
- Descubre la historia de la famosa Garota de Ipanema Un Nuevo Da Telemundo
- Meet the Girl from Ipanema Who Inspired the Worldwide Hit The Oprah Winfrey Show OWN
- Girl from Ipanema legal case
At the age of 17, Pinheiro became the source of inspiration for the song "Girl from Ipanema" when she was seen strolling to the beach in her native Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema neighbourhood by songwriters Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes.
Pinheiro became a Brazilian Playboy Playmate in 1987 and once again in 2003, when she did a pictorial along with her daughter, Ticiane Pinheiro.
She also appeared in the second season of The Amazing Race, for the Beach portion of the first Detour clue, and on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 12, for a modelling challenge in Brazil.
Girl from Ipanema legal case
In 2001, the song's copyright owners (the heirs to the composers) sued Pinheiro for using the title of the song "Garota de Ipanema" as the name of her boutique. In their complaint, they stated that her status as the inspiration for the song did not entitle her to use the title of the song commercially.
Public support was strongly in favor of Pinheiro. A press release by the composers, Jobim and de Moraes, that named Pinheiro as the original "girl from Ipanema" ("garota de Ipanema") was cited as evidence that they had intended to bestow this title on her. The court ruled in favor of Pinheiro.