You might think that at Jewel Toned HQ, it's all shapewear all the time. But we definitely take a moment every January 19 to celebrate the bodycon icon herself, Queen Dolly Parton. This is a woman who knows the power of a good body shaper. Notoriously tiny, she has enhanced her figure to be an extreme version of everything feminine. It might not be for everyone, but it definitely works for her.
Dolly Parton has always been good at being her true self, trusting her instincts and doing what she feels is right. Take for instance, when she was a young songwriter. Elvis Presley heard "I will always love you" and wanted to record a version.
From an interview with CMT, Dolly tells the story:
Then Colonel Tom [Parker, Presley’s manager] gets on the phone and said, “Now you know we have a rule that Elvis don’t record anything that we don’t take half the publishing.” And I was really quiet. I said, “Well, now it’s already been a hit. I wrote it and I’ve already published it. And this is the stuff I’m leaving for my family when I’m dead and gone. That money goes in for stuff for my brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews, so I can’t give up half the publishing.” And he said, “Well then, we can’t record it.” I guess they thought since they already had it prepared and already had it ready, that I would do it.
I said, “I’m really sorry,” and I cried all night. I mean, it was like the worst thing. You know, it’s like, “Oh, my God … Elvis Presley.” And other people were saying, “You’re nuts. It’s Elvis Presley. I mean, hell, I’d give him all of it.” I said, “I can’t do that. Something in my heart says, ‘Don’t do that.'” And I just didn’t do it, and they just didn’t do it. But I always wondered what it would sound like. I know he’d kill it. Don’t you? He would have killed it. But anyway, so he didn’t. Then when Whitney [Houston’s version] came out, I made enough money to buy Graceland. (laughs)
So let’s just take a moment to recognize what Dolly did. She was relatively unknown, and she turned down The King because she didn’t agree with the terms. That takes serious ovaries. And in the end, decades later, it turns out she was right. She stuck to her guns and it paid off in a big way. Go Dolly!
If we could give her anything for her 70th birthday, first it would be our entire office of women bowing down to pay our respects to this living legend. Next, a funfetti cake covered in sprinkles and edible glitter (every birthday needs a cake). Then we’d present her with our best-selling body shaper slip, The Major Mini dress in blush, only completely bedazzled with rhinestones and maybe even some strategically placed fringe.
So happy birthday to the woman we all aspire to be. If you find yourself in a dilemma this week, stop and ask yourself, “What would Dolly Parton do?” Things will look better and brighter in an instant.