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Fashion Meets Music: Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton, singer, songwriter, actress, philanthropist, foxy mama

I am not nor have I ever been a country music fan. I may occasionally sing along to Shania, Faith or the Dixie Chicks but listening to a country station or watching CMT is definitely at the top of my not-to-do list. Although I’m not a single bit country, I do love Dolly Parton in all of her big haired, sequined glory . I’m also a huge fan of  how her music has transcended a single genere and inspired countless covers and remakes.

The fourth of twelve children born to Robert Lee and Avie Lee Parton, Dolly Rebecca Parton’s beyond humble upbringing in the East Tennessee hills was destined to make her a country legend or another victim of cyclical poverty. Thank goodness for us, and her, that Dolly’s drive and determination made her one of two country music singers with the distinction of having a top five country hit for five consecutive decades and not someone’s granny on Teen Mom. It was that drive and passion that motivated a teenage Dolly to lave home for Nashville, after graduating high school, and begin a career as a songwriter. By 1967 Dolly had convinced her label to allow her to move from songwriter to singer and reached number 24 on the charts with her single “Dumb Blonde.” Within ten years Dolly Parton had cemented her place in the country music scene with hits like “Jolene”, “Coat of Many Colors”, “I Will Always Love You” and even crossed over to the pop charts with her 1977 hit “Here You Come Again.” A few years later she brought her big hair and southern drawl to the big screen with roles in 9 to 5, Steel Magnolias-LOVE this movie-, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and more.

You can take the girl out of the country...

While Dolly Parton has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that where you come from doesn’t have to define who you are. Her fashion choices however, prove that you can take the girl out of the country but that doesn’t mean she won’t stop dressing the part. From the hair that’s a so big that it touches heaven to the high heels and sequined fits, Dolly Parton is the epitome of Nashville chic. Since she hit the scene in the 60’s this pint sized songstress with a rack worthy of Playboy has been setting the standard for what defines country style. To this day when you turn on the Country Music Awards you’ll see big hair and bright lights reflecting off of a gang of sequins and rhinestones. Although, like I said before, I am no fan of country music I can totally get on board with a can of Aquanet, a bedazzled suit and a fly set of French tips.

Check out Dolly’s country diva style in this videos….FYI “9-5” is the ultimate Monday morning song, so grab a cup of coffee, crank the volume as loud as it will go and forget that you’re stuck working thankless hours for minor pay.

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One Response to “Fashion Meets Music: Dolly Parton”

  1. Valerie Valerie says:

    It’s hard not to love Dolly Parton. I once heard her say, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap…” She fabulous!


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