If these lyrics were not from a song that chart busted decades ago I would think they were talking about DWW’s beautiful tanned princess Dolores (Yes, spelled Dolores, not Delores).

fciwomenswrestling.com article, DWW photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, DWW photo

Course she wasn’t born yet.

Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking and…
When she passes, each one she passes goes… ah…
When she walks, she’s like a samba that swings so cool and sways so gentle that…
When she passes, each one she passes goes… ooh…

The Girl from Ipanema is a Brazilian bossa nova song. It was a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965. It was written in 1962, with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. English lyrics were written later by Norman Gimbel.

Helo Pinheiro was the real girl from Ipanema.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, tumbler photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, tumbler photo

Dolores is the real girl from the Danube. Very young, tall, tanned and absolutely lovely.

I love the sun but don’t have the time to get a good tan and keep it year-round, so I am a huge fan of tanning products.Kim Kardashian

There are some differences though. For one, Dolores even as a beginner was a very good wrestler.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, DWW photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, DWW photo

Here is Femcompetitor’s review. “In watching Delores take on Monika T, while both girls are fairly new, Dolores seems to have more aggression and confidence. True to her insight her she also is very quick trapping immediately trapping Monika in a body scissors to which she quickly submitted. Delores soon had her in a school girl pin and Monika just doesn’t have the strength to fight her off. So it went.”

We were not alone in our admiration of these gorgeous Euro grappler.

The admirers are plenty.

This is a review of her match with sexy Vladka. “You can tell these girls are young and new. Plenty of energy, and not the same old holds! It starts off with a rather contrived catfight scenario that’s over with quickly, and they go at it in an apartment setting. And they really go at it! Eight pins! They start in nicely chosen clothes – a bright red robe for the lovely blond Vladka and a purple dress for the gorgeous olive-skinned Dolores.”

Hmm, she has nice taste in clothing as well.

Here is another point of view regarding her match with Monika. “Many fans like watching not just good, strong wrestlers but novices going at it for the first time.

Here they are!

Three gorgeous, slim, fit teenagers, who don’t know each other, taking each other on in the first wrestling matches of their lives. As different as they are, they have one thing in common – all want to find out what it’s like to fight another girl and try to win. Don’t expect any skill – there isn’t any – just what some fans prefer. However, there is pride at stake in the ultimate physical test – a fight.

To reduce the risk of injury they start kneeling, and the round robin format shows up who is best, fittest, strongest and most aggressive.

Who wins? Tiny, blonde, upper class cutie Silvia – a great squash player, street gang member Dolores – who relishes dishing out schoolgirl pin humiliation or dreamy, slim brunette model Monika? Don’t bet, get it!”

One of Dolores listed combat strengths is that she is quick. We agree. That was her advantage over the newer girls.

Dolores vs Star Ingrid

fciwomenswrestling.com article, DWW photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, DWW photo

When you’re tan, you feel better about yourself.….Nicole Polizzi

So we ask decades later, what was the great attraction to the girl from Ipanema?

The artful site performingsongwriter.com remanences, “Summer 1962. Rio de Janeiro. At the Veloso Bar, a block from the beach at Ipanema, two friends—the composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and the poet Vinícius de Moraes—are drinking Brahma beer and musing about their latest song collaboration.

The duo favor the place for the good brew and the even better girl-watching opportunities. Though both are married men, they’re not above a little ogling. Especially when it comes to a neighborhood girl nicknamed Helô.

Eighteen-year-old Heloisa Eneida Menezes Pais Pinto is a Carioca—a native of Rio. She’s tall and tan, with emerald green eyes and long, dark wavy hair. They’ve seen her passing by, as she’s heading to the beach or coming home from school. She has a way of walking that de Moraes calls “sheer poetry.”

Legend has it that Jobim and de Moraes were so inspired by this shapely coed, they wrote a song for her right on the bar napkins.”

Some say that is a fable, but it sounds so life altering, romantic and fantasy filled. We’ll take it.

Here are some facts.

The first commercial recording was in 1962, by Pery Ribeiro.

The 1964 single featuring Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz, shortened from the version on the 1963 album Getz/Gilberto (which also included the Portuguese lyrics sung by Joao Gilberto), became an international hit. In the US, it peaked at number five on the Hot 100, and went to number one for two weeks on the Easy Listening chart.

Overseas it peaked at number 29 in the United Kingdom, and charted highly throughout the world. Numerous recordings have been used in films.

It is believed to be the second most recorded pop song in history, after “Yesterday” by The Beatles. The song was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 2009, the song was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the 27th greatest Brazilian song.

One of the aspects that struck us was how beautiful the original model remained. Helo Pinheiro is still gorgeous and awe inspiring.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, blogtudovariadobrasil.blogspot.com photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, blogtudovariadobrasil.blogspot.com photo

Dolores passion and energy for wrestling is a testament why wrestling in the right environment can be great for every day women.

So for our DWW beauty Dolores, the magic of her beauty can be timeless.

Brief in tenure, her wrestling certainly was.

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Sources: brainyquote.com, Wikipedia, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.