Dolly Parton has stunned fans after revealing her natural hair in a throwback photo after years of wearing her signature blonde wig.
Throughout her over 60-year country music career, the 74-year-old singer-songwriter became renowned for not only her impeccable talent but also her elaborate hairstyles that seem to defy the laws of gravity and add a few inches to her height.
While the ‘Jolene’ songstress has made no secret of the fact that she relies on wigs to get her fabulous trademark look, she left her supporters stunned after sharing a black and white picture taken around 1965, after she signed to Monument Records.
In the snapshot – which was captioned “Where the magic happens” – the star is in a recording booth and looks dressed down as she donned a classic white sweater and has her natural blonde, mid-length hair swept back.
Parton posted the photo on Instagram nearly five years ago, but it has recently resurfaced as many fans can’t believe how different she looks without her artificial locks.
One shocked user reacted: “Wow Dolly! I absolutely love your natural hair! You are beyond gorgeous!” while another chimed in: “Dolly Parton looks very pretty even without a big wig. I’m guessing that she uses it for her trademark after all these years. She is very pretty with or without her big hair.”
A third commented: “Her hair was so pretty, I can understand maybe wearing a wig later in [her] career but I loved her hair in her earlier days.”
A fourth shared: “I love the wigs because they are her trademark. She is beautiful with or without them.”
In an interview with Elle magazine for their Women In Hollywood issue in 2019, the ‘Islands in the Stream’ vocalist opened up about how she looks when she finally takes off her famous toupees.
“I don’t always wear [wigs] in my daily life, but I always still pouf up my hair,” Parton said. “I still like to have that flashy hair. When I’m around home, I wear my little scrunchies, but I always put on some makeup and fix my own hair as cute as I can fix it. Wigs are just so handy. I’m so busy, and I have so many choices. I never have a bad hair day, and that’s a good thing.”
Dolly Parton at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards. Credit: Omar Vega / Getty
It’s safe to say that the ‘I Will Always Love You’ singer isn’t the same without her signature big blonde wig. However, Parton revealed in her interview with the publication that the hairstyle was something she had to fight hard for in a male-dominated industry.
She admitted that her friend and mentor, Chet Atkins, once tried to persuade her to change her style to be taken more seriously while she was getting her career started in Nashville.
“I said, ‘You know what? I can’t separate the two. This is who I am.’ I not only didn’t tone it down, I figured if my work was truly good enough, people would eventually recognize that,” she explained. “It was about me knowing who I was, being happy with me, and feeling comfortable in the way I presented myself. If I was happy, I could make other people happy.”
We’re certainly glad the country legend stayed true to herself!