When you’re as famous for your looks as Dolly Parton is, it can be hard to pull off wearing less makeup than most women wear on an average day. But when you’re the woman behind all those iconic songs like “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You” and so many others, there’s no need to go overboard. In fact, if Dolly were a person, she would be in her fifties. She’s been around the world and back again more times than I have had hot dinners (and that’s saying something)!
So we know how lucky we are to get a look at one of our favorites in real life. With that said, here are some of my favorite shots from over the years – without any makeup whatsoever! Enjoy!
You might not think about it too often these days, but Dolly has changed quite a bit since the 1980s. That decade saw her embrace country music with a vengeance, and she was hardly recognizable by today’s standards. Her hair looked messy and unkempt, and overall she just didn’t fit the mold of what people expected from a pop star of her time. This shot below is actually from 1986 during a concert tour, and shows us why this style never really went away. While it may seem dated now, it also gave me such great memories from the era and made me want to revisit them whenever possible.
Classic Hollywood Look
This look isn’t necessarily meant to inspire nostalgia, although it does bring up images of classic film stars like Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe. It works because it’s classy and timeless. And let’s face it – who doesn’t love a good movie? We should all take notes from a true beauty icon like Dolly.
A Little Bit Country/A Lot Of Rock ‘N’ Roll
Another popular look throughout the decades, Dolly managed to balance out rock-inspired outfits with softer pieces. This photo was taken while shooting her 2012 album, Heartbreaker, which featured covers of hit songs from the past few decades and reworked into modern versions. As you can see, even though she’s wearing jeans and a T-shirt, the outfit still manages to include a lot of glamour.
While it’s easy to make someone beautiful through makeup, lighting and other means, sometimes it takes nothing more than natural beauty to create a truly stunning look. When you consider everything else going on in this image – the colors, texture and accessories – it almost seems impossible that Dolly could ever appear this way. If only all of us could find ways to do things simply instead of always trying to impress everyone with elaborate displays of wealth and power.
It goes without saying that Dolly knows how to dress well and put together a show – and it certainly shines here. Not only did she manage to keep herself looking fresh and pretty without resorting to heavy makeup, but she also chose clothing items that flatter her figure perfectly. Even if you don’t recognize the specific styles right away, they will definitely catch your eye eventually.
Just One More Shot…
For those of you who are fans of the song above, you’ll probably agree that Dolly nailed this one. There aren’t too many artists who are willing to play with their clothes like she does, and it makes sense considering the stories behind each song. What better place to experiment than on stage where anyone can watch?
As you can tell, there are plenty of reasons why Dolly is able to pull off wacky hairstyles, different cuts, bright colored nails and crazy costumes without looking completely outlandish. Whether you’re inspired by another celebrity, yourself or just try new trends every once in awhile, remember that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. So next time you’re feeling down, pick up a pair of earrings, grab a hat and head outside to explore your neighborhood. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a hidden gem along the way!
Have fun exploring fashion options, whether it’s from movies or your closet! Share your finds and thoughts with us in the comments section below…