Dolly Parton Was Insecure About Her Looks: ‘The Quest for Beauty Has Always Been a Struggle’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is thought for her over-the-top type nearly as a lot as her music. Many would agree the nation singer is engaging, however Parton reveals she struggled with accepting her look. Here’s what Parton as soon as stated concerning the insecurity she battled for years.

Dolly Parton developed a love for make-up when she was a toddler

Dolly Parton | Richard E. Aaron/Redferns
Dolly Parton | Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

In her ebook Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business, Parton says she was a tomboy, however she desired to be extra female when she bought older. She says she seemed ahead to visits from her aunts, as a result of they’d let her and her sister play with their make-up.

“We thought they were incredibly sophisticated and worldly,” wrote Parton. “Best of all, they had purses filled with lipstick and powder and eyeliner and all kinds of things we had no access to. This was the real ammunition in the battle of the sexes. They would sometimes let us explore these bags of ammo, and we would do so with all the awe you would expect from art lovers touring a museum.”

Dolly Parton says she struggled with making an attempt to achieve magnificence

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Parton says she put loads of effort into trying stunning, however she nonetheless doubted her seems. “The quest for beauty has always been a struggle for me,” wrote Parton.

“I can’t remember anybody ever saying that I was one of the more beautiful children they had ever seen,” she continued. “I was a pale, skinny little thing with corn teeth and hair that was fine and close to my head. And there were those hated freckles. You could not have said I was as ‘cute as a speckled pup’ without expecting the speckled pup to [pee] on your leg out of resentment.”

Dolly Parton questioned if she was associated to her sisters

Dolly Parton in  1978 | Chris Walter/WireImageDolly Parton in  1978 | Chris Walter/WireImage
Dolly Parton in 1978 | Chris Walter/WireImage

The nation singer says there was even a time when she questioned if she was actually associated to her sisters as a result of they had been so stunning. According to her, she needed to work laborious to look good, however her sisters seemed engaging with out placing in as a lot effort.

“My sisters all had beautiful hair and would get home permanents,” wrote Parton. “No matter what I tried, it only made things worse. It was bad enough that I had doubts about my looks, without that fear being reinforced. Of course, I could always depend on my brothers to tell me how bad I looked, but in my mind, I could write that off as meanness. I sometimes wondered if I was indeed my parents’ child, since my sisters all looked so good.”

Parton says she knew in her coronary heart that her mom wouldn’t cheat on her father. She knew she was associated to her sisters and that her doubts had been unfounded. However, she nonetheless felt insecure about how she seemed.

Parton joked her insecurity is why the professionals who assist her look good make a lot cash. “Those old seeds of doubt about my looks have grown into quite a bumper crop for many a makeup artist, wig maker, and plastic surgeon,” wrote Parton.

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