Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee. She is a songwriter, singer, producer and businesswoman who is considered one of the best singers in the country genre. She grew up in a family of 12 siblings where they did not have many resources at home.
Where she lived they did not have access to many things like magazines, movies or television, but one day when she went to the city, she saw a woman with voluminous hair, red lips and heels. She later mentioned: “I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life. And my mother said, Oh, stop looking at her. It’s just trash. And I thought: Oh, that’s what I want to be when I grow up: trash.”
Several years later, she began singing on local television while when she was 13 years old, she performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage, the oldest country music show in America. When she was a teenager, she decided to start building the Dolly Parton image she wanted to project.
For this, she began to use honeysuckle as a perfume, added volume to her hair, and even used mercurochrome to paint her lips. After graduating from college, she moved to Nashville to pursue her dream in music and soon after, she moved to New York.
During the year 1967, she joined a television program that was hosted by musician Porter Wagoner. Both managed to be one of the most successful and recognized composer couples during the 20th century. After several years, in 1976 this duo broke up and Dolly began her solo career.
Among the successful albums that stood out the most during that time, are Jolene and All I Can Do and of course, the songs Jolene and I Will Always Love You, which could be recognized worldwide for the interpretation of Whitney Houston. Additionally, Dolly also began to participate in Hollywood films that received good reviews.
During all these years, Dolly has been recognized for all her compositions and performances, in addition, she has won seven Grammy Awards, her name is found in the Nashville Songwriting Hall of Fame and she has had Academy Award nominations. In 2004, Dolly was included in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the best singers.
Parton has always been accompanied by two things, her beautiful voice full of childlike beauty and how much she is fascinated by shine. In addition, she could be recognized for its innovative ideas especially during the 1970s and 1980s.
On the other hand, recently in 2020, Dolly decides to make a donation of one million dollars for the research that is being carried out for the Covid vaccine in the Moderna laboratory. This donation was a new that took a global turn and became a hashtag on Twitter, where thousands of people of different origins, ideologies and ages showed their appreciation for her through tweets.
Aside from her amazing talent, Dolly is known over the world for her explosive image. The New York Times mentions that there are many things that some of us may disagree on, but on the other hand we can all agree that Dolly Parton has done everything to position herself where she is now.
Dolly is considered an excessive woman, at 74 she continues being part of the celebrities who continue standing out for all the actions she performs. Her identity is a characteristic part of her, the wig of epic proportions, the very long nails, all her outfits complete with fringes and rhinestones, even the breasts that has impossible measurements are some of the ones that stand out the most when she projects her image.
Top 5 Dolly Parton moments
In 1974, Dolly was in one of the best moments of her life. In this year, she was going to launch one of the biggest hits of her artistic career. For the cover of the album “Jolene” she wore a blue and white striped outfit with a jacket made by Lucy Adams. She was the one who made clothes for her when she was in Nashville.
Something that should be noted is that throughout her entire history, Parton has never worn garments from big brands or luxurious designers. She has been known for trusting couturiers she has met during some of the work she has done.
In 1980, Dolly was making her first movie where she shared the limelight with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. For the premiere of Nine to Five, she mentioned to Vogue: “I have never thought about dressing in fashion, but I knew that for something as important as a premiere I had to look elegant and I did not know how to do it.”
For this, she asked Ann Roth, who had designed all the clothes in the film, to make something for her. She wore a long pink and lace dress and added: “I thought it was a beautiful dress and I remember feeling very pretty and like I was well dressed, not half like one sometimes is. I think that was probably the first time I felt fashionable”.
In 1987, her first television show called “Dolly Variety Show” was presented while two years later, she participated as host and guest artists on Saturday Night Live. For both shows, Parton was dressed in Tony Chase, the colors, the highlights and the studs could not be missing between her clothes.
She mentioned in an interview in Vogue USA that Tony wanted to make everything big, the shoulder pads, the hair, everything, and she told him that there is nothing bigger than her mouth and her breasts.
Hair color and makeup
Throughout the time, many people have advised her to refine her image a bit, but she has very confidently answered them: “You know what? I can not. This is what I am. Not only did I not tone down, I thought that if my work was really good enough, people would recognize it.”
And it is true, despite the fact that her image has been criticized, today she has sold more than 100 million records, has won Grammy Awards, has written more than 3,000 songs and has a fortune of more than 600 million dollars.
When she was going to attend to this festival, she confessed that she was a little scared because she thought that the people who would be there were not going to know who she was and that they would not like her music, however, it was totally the opposite, she later considered that it was one of the best things she had ever done in her entire life.
For this event, she wore a combination of garments in white, which is her favorite color for the stage. This one was designed by Steve Summers and was decorated with transparencies and rhinestones.