A month ago, legendary country singer Dolly Parton released A Holly Dolly Christmas, her first Christmas album in 30 years, and on December 6, she hosted an hour-long Christmas special of the same name on CBS. In the announcement of the program, she was called the main gift at the end of this difficult year - Tatyana Yakimova tells why Dolly Parton is really a real gift for music, fashion, and all of us.
If it were necessary to choose one major phenomenon of show business of the last 50 years, I would have no doubts that I would vote for Dolly Parton. Country queen with a tower of platinum hair, dashing businesswoman, ageless sex bomb, faithful wife, a man with a unique style and no less unique sense of humor, the embodiment of tolerance and romance, an apologist for plastic surgery, shameless makeup, and fast food, the most glamorous woman in America and together with the "fashionable redneck", absolutely free from everything except talent - Dolly Parton could be described with all these words, although they will not be enough. Throughout 2020, she surprised, delighted, made you laugh, cry and hope for the best. From the Dolly Parton Challenge meme that blew up the internet to a disastrous one, but with such a touching Netflix Christmas movie Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square. However, she has not finished yet and is not even going to.
EVERYTHING CAN, EVERYTHING IS ABLE
Dolly Parton decided to break into 2020 on January 22, three days after she celebrated her 74th birthday. The singer tweeted a photo collage in which she showed which of her photos she would put on a profile on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Tinder. Presenting a range of her looks, from her own country singer to a Playboy cover star, she wished everyone who needs this wish: "Find yourself a woman who can do it all." The post turned into a stellar flash mob #dollypartonchallenge, which went viral not only on Twitter but also on Instagram: after Parton, similar collages were posted on their social networks by Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Garner, Miley Cyrus, Naomi Campbell, Jared Leto, Celine Dion, Cara Delevingne other stars. A couple of days later, the number of posts with the hashtag #dollypartonchallenge exceeded one hundred thousand: they were exhibited by everyone, from schoolchildren (and cats) to museum institutions (for example, the Metropolitan Museum). So the queen of the country did what she knows best - she laughed at herself and a little at us
Twitter is Dolly's favorite social network. She loves posting memes and often posts her quotes, the so-called dollyisms, under the appropriate #dollyism tag. "Be a woman who has made herself on her own and you will be billed by a doctor to prove it." "If you see someone without a smile, give him yours!" "Be a diamond in the world of the rhinestone." "Smile to increase your face value." "We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sails." Dolly Parton's unpretentious aphorisms, as if created for VKontakte statuses, were eventually published on paper as a separate collection of Witty Quotes and Wise Words From Dolly Parton ("Dolly's Pocket Wisdom"). They also formed the basis of the Netflix series Heartstrings, which was released in 2019. Each of the eight episodes is a separate story about family, faith, love, and forgiveness based on famous songs and quotes of the singer. This is how Netflix followed one of Parton's most famous dollyisms: "Be sure to share your dollyisms with your friends who need a little cheer up or smile!"
But above all, Dolly Parton is not a coach or influencer, but a singer and musician. At the age of seven, picking up a guitar donated by her uncle, Parton opened her way to world fame and a dizzying career. Over a half-century career, from her debut album Hello, I'm Dolly in 1967 to the present, she has garnered many awards, including 10 Grammy Awards, 25 of her songs topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and her star on Dolly received the Hollywood Walk of Fame even before her fortieth birthday, in 1984.
Parton once said: “My songs are my children, and I hope they will support me when I get old. Well, here I am an old woman, and there are so many of them! " "Stolkoooo" is already more than 600. Hefty deductions are also received for hits that are not associated with Parton herself. The most striking example is the song I Will Always Love You, sung by Whitney Houston for the movie "The Bodyguard" in 1992
Music is another way for Dolly to be always relevant. She still continues to occupy the first places in the charts and set records, recording tracks and performing with young musicians. In 2016, she re-recorded her hit Jolene with the group Pentatonix and became the only performer in the world whose hits have been in the top 20 of the Hot Country Songs for the last six decades in a row. In 2018, she made the soundtrack for the film "Pyshka", one of the songs of which - Here I am - she recorded with Sia, and in 2019 she released the melodic techno-dance-pop Faith with the Swedish band Galantis. Dolly has performed more than once with her beloved goddaughter Miley Cyrus, who is becoming more and more popular every year. They say A $ AP Rocky is next in line for a track with Parton.
But not only musical instruments help to keep Dolly young, but also more proven ones - those that can be found on the table of a plastic surgeon. “There is no such thing as natural beauty,” said Truvy Jones, Parton's heroine in Steel Magnolias, but Dolly seems to have invented them herself. From the face and figure of the country queen with the naked eye, you can see that she knows firsthand about plastic surgery. And she herself does not hide it. "People say that I look so happy, and I say, 'It's all Botox!" - says she. Every time, talking about beauty metamorphoses, Parton focuses on the fact that he encourages plastic surgery, “if you have a certain courage, desire, and money,” but does not call everyone to turn to it, because, according to the singer, the most important - just be confident.
The surgeons touched not only Parton's face but also the body - hence the outstanding breast size and petite waist. Such parameters cannot be achieved by natural methods with Dolly's favorite diet - chips. “Salt makes you feel like you're eating something very satisfying. I prefer Ruffles, but in general, any potatoes are my weakness, ” admits she. The singer does not deny herself food from McDonald's and chocolate bars "for energy", her favorites are Snickers and Milky Way. All this is compounded by an unhealthy regimen: on days without touring, she goes to bed early to get up before dawn. “From three to seven in the morning, I do more work than most people all day, because all the energy is quiet around me, except for mine. So I really do a lot, because I just love being awake in the wee hours! " - explains she has her daily routine. All this would immediately affect the appearance of any person, and Parton is no exception. Only she, as soon as she sees something that she does not like, immediately goes to the surgeon. “This is very important for my image. But you know what? I feel comfortable in my own skin, no matter how taut. "
Therefore, she is not afraid of age, because if it is reflected on her face or figure, Dolly will immediately correct it. On November 12, Apple TV + aired an episode of The Oprah Conversation featuring Parton, in which Oprah asked Dolly what she thought about reaching a “significant age,” meaning that the singer would celebrate her 75th birthday in January 2021. “I don't think about my life in numbers. First of all, I will never get old because I have no time to grow old. I will look as young as my plastic surgeons, makeup and proper lighting will allow me. But seriously, age is something that comes from within. You have to shine from within: very often it can make you feel young - and appear young to others, ”she replied.
Parton's appearance is also strongly associated with stage make-up, which the singer resorts to outside the stage. Since childhood, she loved to highlight her eyes and lips, however, since while growing up in the village of Parton, she did not know about decorative cosmetics, coped with improvised means - she let her eyes down with charred matches, and painted her lips with berries. With the advent of experience and financial capabilities, she plunged headlong into the world of makeup. Exaggerated accents in the eyes in the form of shiny or blue shadows, bright lips, blush, deliberately emphasizing the cheekbones - today it is difficult to imagine a portrait of Parton without these details. She also has her own night makeup. That is, literally: she washes off the daytime make-up and makes the night one, in which she always goes to bed. Why? “You never know what will happen at night, but what if there is a fire?