Dolly Parton on Plastic Surgery and Being 'White Trash'
Dolly Parton refuses to make any apologies, especially when it comes to her upbringing.
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In the latest issue of Southern Living, the legendary country artist talks about being an eternal optimist, a proud dreamer, and … white trash.
“Well, it’s a compliment to me. I mean we were really Hill. Billies,” explains the 68-year-old bubbly blonde. “We were really redneck, roughneck, hillbilly people. And I’m proud of it. ‘White trash!’ I am.”
“People always say, ‘Aren’t you insulted when people call you white trash?’ I say, ‘Well, it depends on who’s calling me white trash and how they mean it,’” she adds. “But we [Parton’s family] really were to some degree. Because when you’re that poor and you’re not that educated, you fall in those categories. But I’m proud of my hillbilly, white trash background. To me that keeps you humble; that keeps you good. And it doesn’t matter how hard you try to outrun it — if that’s who you are, that's who you are. It’ll show up once in a while.”
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The “Backwoods Barbie,” who was born on a farm in the foothills of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, is the fourth of 12 children. According to Rolling Stone, just one day after graduating high school in 1964, Parton moved to Nashville and signed with Monument. Today, not only is she recognized as an American superstar, but she's still putting out new music, recently releasing the album “Blue Smoke” this past summer. In addition, her 307-room DreamMore Resort, an addition to popular theme park Dollywood, is scheduled to open in summer 2015.
Another thing Parton isn’t afraid to admit in Southern Living? Getting some enhancements, of course.
“Well, I never would have said I did it if I hadn’t got caught at it,” she explains on getting plastic surgery. “But I wasn’t gonna lie about it! So then after I got caught and I didn’t lie about it, people started asking me [more often]. And I thought, ‘Well, you know, what the hell?’ After so much time, after you get older, it can help people.”
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“I’m not being the poster child for any of that, but people know you do it,” says Parton. “If they ask me, I just say ‘Yeah, whatever. And I ain’t done yet!’”