Dolly Parton is on the cover of Elle magazine, for Women In Hollywood issue. The iconic singer and songwriter is promoting Netflix series Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. Each episode does a deeper dive into a song Dolly wrote. Here are some of the best parts of the interview.
The country icon was told to tone down her makeup in order to be taken more seriously. Dolly Parton responded: “I not only didn’t tone it down, I figured if my work was truly good enough, people would eventually recognize that. It was about me knowing who I was, being happy with me, and feeling comfortable in the way I presented myself. If I was happy, I could make other people happy. That’s how I’ve always looked at it: that I look totally artificial, but I am totally real, as a writer, as a professional, as a human being. A rhinestone shines just as good as a diamond.”
Parton does not believe less is more: “I was not a raving natural beauty. I just wanted to be pretty, I wanted to be striking. I wanted to be colorful, I wanted to be seen. When I went to Nashville, I always overdid it. When they say, Less is more, I say, That’s BS. More is more. “
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will premiere on November 22, 2019. The 73-old-star is grateful that she got this show. “When I write songs, and with anything I do, I always pray about it and hope I do the right thing. I ask for forgiveness if I didn’t do the right thing. I really love the fact that I’ve had a chance to do these songs and see them come to life and to just be able to stand here and do it. So I thank God for all of it. ”
On wheater she sees her self as a fashion icon, Dolly Parton responded: “God, no. To me, that’s still one of the funniest things, when people say that I am a fashion icon. I just always thought people thought I was so gaudy. I am! I’m flashy, and I’m flamboyant. Had I not been a girl, I definitely would have been a drag queen. I like all that flamboyance, I love all that sparkle, and shine, and color… Guess it’s always fashionable to be yourself and to be comfortable with who you are, and what you wear, and what you’re in.”
She admitted her husband is still her biggest fan, and once again proved how authentic and real she is. Younger musicians have so much to learn from Dolly Parton and her remarkable legacy. We are sincerely looking forward to Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.