Pinheiro, who was born in Rio de Janeiro, is the real-life "Girl from Ipanema", a Carioca whose stroll through the city's fashionable Ipanema district when she was 19 inspired the lyrics to the song "The Girl from Ipanema".
Girl from Ipanema legal case
In 2001, the song's copyright owners (heirs of their composer fathers) sued Pinheiro for using the title of the song as the name of her boutique (Garota de Ipanema). In their complaint, they stated that her status as The Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema) does not entitle her to use a name that legally belongs to the heirs.
Public support was strong in favor of Pinheiro. A press release by Jobim and Moraes, the composers, in which they had named Pinheiro as the real Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema) was evidence that they had intended to bestow this title on her. The court ruled in favor of Pinheiro.