Yes, it’s about time we had a piece about Dolly Parton. But some of you might be wondering if she could actually be considered a Role Model. It’s no secret that her chest has a receipt for $3,000. In our society, breast implants are often looked down upon (no pun intended). People assume that those surgeries are the result of media pressures. Other people think that women only get breast implants in order to become more appealing to men, and not for their own benefit. Dolly Parton came forward about her breast augmentation surgery in 2002 to the Irish Independent. Since then, the country star famous for songs like “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You,” has been very open about her surgery and the size of her infamous bust.
Born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, in 1946, Dolly Parton never considered herself attractive. In fact, her ideal image of beauty came from her town’s prostitute. Once Parton was a teenager, her religious family was horrified by her newly adopted “slutty” style. In reaction to her family’s outrage, Parton, in true rebellion, dressed even more provocatively. In 1967, Parton teamed up with Porter Wagoner and the duo quickly became very popular. Parton, however, enraptured audiences with more than just her voice; a lot of attention was paid to her figure and overall persona. Then, in 1986, she lost a lot of weight, and her renowned bust decreased considerably. It was around this time that Parton got surgery, but she didn’t reveal this news for another nearly 20 years.
Today, Parton bares her surgically enhanced chest with pride. She says, “I don’t know if I’m supporting them, or they’re supporting me.” Parton has a great sense of humor about her bust size, and she never misses a chance to make a joke. Truly, I am inspired by Parton’s acceptance of herself and the choices she has made. Yes, Parton continues to have surgery, but she doesn’t do so shamefully. Some might see this as her continuing to not accept herself, but I see it as her living the way she wants to live. If she truly did not accept herself, she would deny her surgeries. Instead, she has them for own benefit, and gets a kick out of everyone’s reactions.
“I do have big tits. Always had ’em – pushed ’em up, whacked ’em around. Why not make fun of ’em? I’ve made a fortune with ’em.” – Dolly Parton, as quoted in Robert Hale’s “The Humour of Sex”