WATCH: Dolly Parton Opens Up About Her ‘Country Girl Glamour’ Look in Throwback Clip

by Jennifer Shea

In a throwback video clip, country superstar Dolly Parton shared the thinking behind her iconic look, which hasn’t changed too much over the years.

In the clip, available via CMT, Parton describes her strategy in crafting her signature look.

Dolly Parton Explains Her Iconic Look

“My look came from a serious place, of a country girl’s idea of what glamour really was,” Parton said. “And so I just went on and on through the years. And the more people tried to get me to change my look, the more I realized people were looking at me. But it was attention I guess I wanted anyway, without realizing it.” 

But Parton figured out how to turn that critical attention into a positive for her. She said she has used her look to advance her career. And she thinks people have managed to see beyond her surface appearance in the end.

“And I thought, ‘Well, if I can hold their attention long enough for them to see that I am a talented person, and that I am sincere about my work, and that there is a brain underneath all this hair, and there is a heart underneath these boobs,’” she went on. “You know, and if people can really see beyond that, they can get past that. So, overcoming my own image has been a challenge to myself. And it’s worked together well for me.”

Parton and Makeup

Further, Parton revealed in 2019 that she sleeps with her makeup on every night.

“I clean my face in the mornings. You never know if you’re going to wreck the bus, you never know if you’re going to be somewhere in a hotel and there’s going to be a fire,” she said. “So I leave my makeup on at night and clean my face in the morning.” 

It is perhaps appropriate, then, that Parton is planning to launch her own makeup line. She told Reba McEntire on a recent episode of McEntire’s podcast that that is one of her dreams.

“Right now I just started with IMG, my branding company, where I’m gonna come out with my own perfume real soon, a line of makeup, clothes, and all this stuff that I have not done yet,” Parton said. “Wigs, I want to do wigs and pieces, and all that.”

Parton hasn’t revealed yet what she’s calling her makeup line – perhaps Country Girl Glamour? – but that should provide yet another interesting development for Dolly fans.