25 Women Who've Inspired Famous Pop Songs

Helô Pinheiro

Song She Inspired: Astrud Gilberto with João Gilberto and Stan Getz - "The Girl from Ipanema"
Highest Position on the Billboard Hot 100: 5

Her full name is Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto, and if she had not looked quite so alluring strolling around the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, the world might have been deprived of one of the great elevator-music classics of all time. A pretty slinky jam in its day, "The Girl from Ipanema" has been overplayed and badly covered to near-death. If you must listen, go for the Astrud Gilberto/Joao Gilberto/Stan Getz version that won the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965.

For Helo, being the song's star launched a career as a model and businesswoman. She appeared in Brazilian Playboy in 1987, in her mid-40s, and again in 2003, aged 59, with her naked daughter. That's confidence.

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