In 1962, on her way home from school Héloisa Pinheiro regularly passed the Bar Veloso on Rua Montenegro in Rio de Janeiro’s fashionable Ipanema district. The composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinícius de Moraes, who were collaborating on a musical comedy, were hanging out in the bar. Every afternoon they watched her pass by, and were inspired to write "Garota de Ipanema". Later Jobim said, "She had long, golden hair, these bright green eyes that shone at you and a fantastic figure: let’s just say that she had everything in the right place…."
[Harold Emert, Insight Guide to Rio de Janeiro pp. 138-139]
Now the street has been renamed "Rua Vinícius de Moraes" and the bar, "A Garota de Ipanema". But heartbreakingly beautiful girls still walk by every day. . ."