The original girl from Ipanema
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Meeting the real Girl from Ipanema

1 October 2011 Last updated at 07:37 BST

As a teenage girl, Heloisa Pinheiro inspired the writer of the song, The Girl from Ipanema, which first brought the Brazilian music of Rio de Janeiro to worldwide attention.

It also launched her career as a model and actress, with whom everyone still wants their photograph taken.

A South American Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby continues at 20:00 BST on Sunday 2 October on BBC Two, or catch up on the series via iPlayer.