Country music legend Dolly Parton‘s beauty outlook and personal styling have always drawn plenty of attention! Despite her confidence, she struggled with self-image in her youth.
“The quest for beauty has always been a struggle for me,” Parton confessed in her 1994 biography, Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business.
“I can’t remember anybody ever saying that I was one of the more beautiful children they had ever seen,” she added. “I was a pale, skinny little thing with corn teeth and hair that was fine and close to my head. And there were those hated freckles. You could not have said I was as ‘cute as a speckled pup’ without expecting the speckled pup to [pee] on your leg out of resentment.”
Dolly Parton as a Child
Compared to her five sisters, Willadeene, Stella, Cassie, Freida, and Rachel, Dolly always felt she had to work harder to feel attractive.
“My sisters all had beautiful hair and would get home permanents,” shared Parton. “No matter what I tried, it only made things worse. It was bad enough that I had doubts about my looks, without that fear being reinforced. Of course, I could always depend on my brothers to tell me how bad I looked, but in my mind, I could write that off as meanness. I sometimes wondered if I was indeed my parents’ child, since my sisters all looked so good.”
Dolly with her Parents Avie Lee and Robert Lee Parton
Parton kidded that her insecurities have benefitted her makeup artist, wig maker, and plastic surgeon! Dolly Parton’s beauty regime is uniquely hers and hers alone!
When it comes to her famous bust, some rumors keep on cropping up. “One, it shows up about every three years in the tabloids, where I’m bedridden because my boobs are so heavy that I’m crippled for life on my back. I just laugh. Well, they are heavy, but they haven’t crippled me yet,” Parton disclosed to People in a new interview.
She shared that the reoccurring headline is usually: DOLLY BEDRIDDEN. “And then they find a picture of me, from when I was actually doing a video, you know, laying on all the bed somewhere. And the story is that my spine is injured or whatever. I just think, ‘Oh my Lord. If they were that heavy, I’d have them changed. I’d have them lessened.'”
The star rejected numerous offers to pose topless for Playboy magazine throughout the years. However, the country star did grace the magazine’s October 1978 issue wearing the signature Playboy bunny outfit and ears.
If you visit Dolly’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, you will be greeted by a life-sized bronze statue of the famed artist outside of the county courthouse. That’s right, Dolly Parton’s beauty has been immortalized! Not many can say that.