Dolly Parton Takes Off Wig And Reveals Natural Hair For The First Time | 22 Words

Dolly Parton is perhaps best known for her incredible blonde locks, but now, she's decided to show off her natural hair and has explained the reason behind her iconic wig.

Read on to check it out...

Dolly Parton has always been considered America's sweetheart...

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And it's no secret that we absolutely adore her.

It's one thing that we can all actually agree on.


There's no denying her power.

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Born in Locust Ridge, she was the fourth child of a whopping twelve.

The country singer made a career from her "rags-to-rhinestones" story.

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She has credited a lot of her family members for helping mold her musicality, but particularly Uncle Bill Owens for getting her foot in the door of the industry.

Her talent didn't go unnoticed.

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After landing a coveted spot on The Porter Wagoner Show, she saw her name in lights very quickly.

And with songs like "Jolene" and "Love Is Like A Butterfly," she became an icon in the world of country singers.

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In 1975 and '76, the Country Music Association awarded her with Female Country Singer of the Year and during this time, she was also working on moving into the pop market in order to further her career.

And the song β€œHere You Come Again" really helped her do that.

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It won a Grammy Award and in the following years, she tucked a couple more of the prestigious accolades under her belt.

Probably one of her most famous songs, "9 to 5", catapulted her to global stardom.

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Her iconic country glam style was recognized all over the world and her distinct million-dollar smile granted her with millions of fans.

As well as being a musician, she has also dabbled in the world of film.

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In the '80s, Dolly made appearances in films such as Nine to Five, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Steel Magnolias.

So it's safe to say that Dolly Parton is a living legend...

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And she's proven her status over and over again. Here are some of her most iconic moments throughout her career.

Her 2017 Emmys joke...

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Do you remember when she reunited with her 9-5 co-stars? Of course you do, because it's the same day she made that hilarious vibrator joke on stage.

Dolly congratulated Grace and Frankie for their nomination, and then added this:

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"I just hope I'm going to get one of those Grace and Frankie vibrators in my swag bag tonight." And everyone had the same shocked but amused look on their face. It was pretty funny, to say the least.

Then there's her Black Lives Matter stance...

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Now, over the past few months, we've heard celebrities speaking out against the treatment of Black people in society, but Dolly Parton took hers to a whole other level.

Apparently, some people found it so "offensive" that it led to a Dolly boycott.

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This is what she said when the interviewer at Billboard asked her for her opinion on the social movement: "Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!"

At least fifty percent of her fan base was left annoyed...

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But Dolly knows what's up and we love her for it.

The time when she talked about her fans dressing up as her...

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The New York Times asked Dolly if she liked seeing her fans turn up to her concerts dressed up as her and her response was nothing short of heartwarming.

She said this:

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"When I do 'Jolene' and I see a bunch of drag queens out there, I start singing 'Drag Queen, Drag Queen, please don't take my man!' I have a huge gay following and I'm proud of them. Sometimes, some of them look more like me than I do."

When she founded her reading program...

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The country singer is not just concerned with her own career, as she has been involved in numerous charities to aid children and their own educational ventures.

The Dolly Parton's Imagination Library was started all the way back in 1990.

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It aims to provide children with free books from the day they're born until they are 5 years old and since it was started, Dolly's sent over 141 million books to children around the world. Wow.

And not forgetting her wicked sense of humor!

One of the best qualities is her humor. She's not afraid to have a little bit of fun whether it be on social media...

Or real life. Remember when she cracked this joke?

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While filming on the set of 9 to 5, in between takes, she asked Jane Fonda, "Do you know what's green and smells like Miss Piggy?"

She also donated $1 million to fund coronavirus research.

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Dolly made sure she did her bit to help us all throughout the pandemic, donating a whopping million dollars to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help with scientific research into the virus.

So there we have it guys, Dolly Parton was, is, and always will be America's national treasure.

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But did you know of all of Dolly's struggles behind the scenes?

Dolly Parton's troubles started young.

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Her first home was a one-room cabin, and she often shared a bed with up to four of her siblings.

They bathed in a nearby river.

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"I'll always count my blessings quicker and more often than I count my money," Dolly has said of her humble beginnings.

During her childhood, the older siblings were tasked with caring for the younger ones...

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But Dolly's younger brother who she cared for, Larry, died just 4 days after his birth. This hit the singer hard as she was his primary caregiver at just 9-years-old.

Aside from her tragic childhood, Dolly has faced professional struggles, too.

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She began her career singing country songs but faced opposition from record labels. Eventually, her success meant Dolly could forge her own creative path. She didn't fit into the usual bluegrass box - but that's been the key to her stardom!

Dolly's rise to fame wasn't smooth sailing, though.

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In fact, for her first gigs, she was often booed off the stage - which is very hard to imagine now!

Dolly faced another turbulent professional relationship, too.

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Her ongoing collaboration with Porter Wagoner had a rather difficult end. In fact, she wrote "I Will Always Love You" about the professional breakup but even so, Wagoner went on to sue Dolly for breach of contract.

Another secret sadness Dolly has faced?

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She's never become a mother. In the early days of her marriage, she and her husband planned for their family but eventually, Dolly decided to choose her career over a family.

She continues to work with many children's charities, however...

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So she's basically the whole world's mom, instead.

In spite of her longstanding marriage, Dolly has had romantic turmoil, too.

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She claimed in her book that she had an "affair of the heart" in the early eighties.

Following this, she fell into a deep depression.

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Dolly has even made claims that she considered taking her own life during this traumatic time.

In fact, Dolly faced more than her fair share of loss over the years.

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Alongside her brother Larry and musical partner Porter Wagoner, she's also lost another brother Floyd, plus her niece Tever who died from a drug overdose aged just thirty-six.

So it's safe to say, life hasn't always been peachy for Dolly.

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But through it all, she's had truly epic hair.

Dolly is basically synonymous with her wigs...

But recently, she shared a throwback snap of her natural hair.

"I always wore my hair all teased up. Whenever that style started, I was the first to get my hair all poofy. Then as soon as I could buy those hairpieces and wigs, I wanted them."

"Plus my hair would never do exactly what I wanted it to. So the wigs became kind of my trademark."

Here's her natural look!

And for more from Dolly, scroll on for her involvement in the BLM movement ...