"The Real Girl from Ipanema?" Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Real Girl from Ipanema - copyright Jerome Shaw 2005 / www.JeromeShaw.com
Street art in  Praca do Arpoador (Arpoador Park) in between Ipanema and Copacabana beaches depicts a humorous vision of the Real Girl from Ipanema.

"The Real Girl from Ipanema?"

This street art is located between Ipanema and Copacabana in Praca do Arpoador (Arpoador Park) near the beach. I am not sure the exact translation of the text on the wall but basically it suggests that this is what the true girls from Ipanema are like. I 'd have to say that this depiction, while humorous, is not entirely accurate.

The Velosos Bar-Cafe (now the Garota de Ipanema) is located a half mile away on Rua Vinícius de Moraes. It is here that Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes were purported regulars. Jobim first witnessed at tall tan girl pass by Velosos.  It was 17 year old Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto that Jobim saw stroll by on here daily errands as well as on her way to the beach.  Jobim was inspired to write the music to "The Girl from Ipanema", Moraes penned the Portuguese lyrics and Heloísa became the original girl from Ipanema.

The photo was taken with a Nikon F100 film camera using a 28-200mm f 4.5 Tamaron lens. The film used for this image is FujiPress 800. The approximate exposure is f 8 @ 1/250th second.

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Street Art in Ipanema - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Originally Posted: : Dec 7, 2006 3:53 PM

copyright Jerome Shaw 2006 / www.jeromeshaw.com



  1. hi, you saw that referred design to a real girl from Ipanema that not is beautiful but may be the chubby, ugly and poor, is an irony to the reality against illusion of Brazil sold out, you should have seen it when you was here .
    I hope that you must come again and to stay for more and more days for to know the south of my country too.I love the Rio but i did not come here anymore because of fighting between police and gangs and robberies, and because Santa Catarina's beaches are more beautiful, safe and near where I live which is in southern and in Porto Alegre, different place for you to know!
    The girls of the Rio and Brazil are the best of the world(don't care if fat or older,she is more fashionista)hugs

  2. Claudia,

    Thank you for the comment.

    I certainly did see the reality of Brazil and the girl of Ipanema. I had a girl friend from Rio when I visited the first time and she is a lovely person and made my time in Rio both interesting and safe.

    Brazil is one of my favorite places in the world. I have only begun to explore Brazil and have many friends away from Rio that I hope one day to visit. Porto Alegre is on my list for sure as is Florianopolis.

    I found the people of Brazil to be very friendly and helpful. And the women like all places come in all shapes and sizes and are all beautiful in their own way.

    You might enjoy looking at a fotolog I did from the photos of my first trip to Brazil in 2005. It has not been updated in quite some time but you will see the Brazil I met on my month in and around Rio.


    Thanks again for commenting, Please keep in touch her and on Twitter. By the way I am on Facebook and Orkut as well.


    Jerome aka @JeromeShaw (Twitter)


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