Country musician, philanthropist, author, and iconic beauty, Dolly Parton, is certainly one of the most cherished women in the entertainment business.
Her style is quite recognizable, and so are her platinum blonde locks. But, as many of you know, she wears wigs, and here is why.
Becoming Dolly Parton
Though she is now a superstar and has been for the past few decades, life wasn’t always easy for Dolly Parton.
Her story is a prime example of what it means to go from “rags to riches.”
She never tried to hide any aspect of her life, yet she maintained her privacy. That is another reason why people adore her.
Parton also thanked her family for supporting her dreams, especially Uncle Bill Owens, for opening the door to becoming a star.
With songs like Jolene, I Will Always Love You, and LoveIsLike A Butterfly, becoming a household name was written in the stars.
In 1975 and 1976, the Country Music Association gave Dolly Parton well-earned awards for Female Country Singer of the Year. But she also had plans to move into the pop genre at that time.
With Here You Come Again, the queen of the country became a pop princess. Another song, 9 to 5, made her famous worldwide.
But the life of Dolly Parton was not made of roses, as soon many of you will learn.
The 80s brought Dolly some iconic movie roles, Nine to Five, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Steel Magnolias. Her style also became a synonym for glamour, and with a Grammy, under her belt, the future was bright as the sun.
Dolly, The Activist And A Wholesome Celebrity
In 2017 Dolly reunited with her costars from Nine to Five at the Emmys.
While presenting Grace and Frankie an award, Dolly made one unforgettable joke:
“I just hope I’m going to get one of those Grace and Frankie vibrators in my swag bag tonight.”
People were shocked, but they soon realized that the country legend is just being goofy and lightening the mood because that’s what Dolly does.
However, she also doesn’t hold back when it comes to talking about serious stuff, and she talked to Billboard about the Black Lives Matter movement and her support.
“Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”
Naturally, many of her fans were shocked, even inviting others to boycott Parton.
She also expressed her support for the LGBTQ community in an interview with The New York Times:
“When I do ‘Jolene,’ and I see a bunch of drag queens out there, I start singing ‘Drag Queen, Drag Queen, please don’t take my man!’ I have a huge gay following, and I’m proud of them. Sometimes, some of them look more like me than I do.”
Dolly is involved in charities helping children, and she has donated over 140 million books since the 90s.
Last year she donated one million dollars to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help Covid research. So, Dolly does take things seriously when needed, but she also has a wicked sense of humor.
As a true icon, national treasure, Dolly is known for her kindness and open heart.
That’s why people sympathize with her, as she is one of us.
Some fans made interesting observations:
So what is it that made Dolly such a sweetheart?
Well, for one thing, despite her success, luck wasn’t always on her side.
She lived in poverty and didn’t know how to act once she started earning:
“I’ll always count my blessings quicker and more often than I count my money,”
Dolly’s younger brother, who she cared for, Larry, died just 4 days after his birth. Dolly was just 9 years old, and this tragedy left her scarred for life.
Later she lost her brother Floyd and a niece Tever who died from a drug overdose at 36.
Dolly and her husband of over 50 years never had children of their own. She said she wanted kids, but as she put her career first, years went by.
And there is one thing that almost killed Dolly. She had an “affair of the heart” in the early eighties, leaving her depressed and even suicidal.
All the emotions and all she went through only made her more musically attractive to her fans, and her million-dollar smile still melts our hearts.
Now, What’s The Deal With Dolly Parton’s Hair?
Dolly and her wigs are inseparable. Not that it is a bad thing, but why did she choose to wear all these wigs. Well, the answer is quite simple:
“I always wore my hair all teased up. Whenever that style started, I was the first to get my hair all poofy. Then as soon as I could buy those hairpieces and wigs, I wanted them.”
“Plus, my hair would never do exactly what I wanted it to. So the wigs became kind of my trademark.”
And since fans were curious what her real hair looked like, Dolly shared this photo on her Instagram:
Though we love her all-natural, it is quite understandable, and many women can relate to wanting to hair good hair day, every day.
What do you think about Dolly’s style and her wigs?