Monday, February 8, 2010

Style Icons {Dolly Parton}



I’ve decided to make a little change to Silver Screen Sundays. Instead of a weekly post I thought I would do one every other week and then, on the weeks that I don’t do a Silver Screen Sunday, I would post about one of my style icons. I think it would make it a lot easier for me and adds a bit more variety, too, but I’d really appreciate your feedback on this, dear blog readers! The style icon posts will probably be more about people (mainly women) who inspire me in general and whose style I also admire, more than someone whose style I wish to emulate.

For the first one, I’d like to tell you a little bit about my love of Dolly Parton. I wouldn’t call myself her biggest fan – I don’t have all of her albums, I haven’t seen all of her films, etc. – but I can honestly say that I think she is one of the most amazing, talented and inspirational people to have graced this earth.

Her story is, really, a 'rags to riches' tale - she has described her family as being 'dirt poor' and she explored this theme in the song Coat of Many Colors. Today she is one of the most successful women - business women, really - in the world but to try to summarise her career in one post would just be crazy as so much would go overlooked. So, I'm just going to tell you why I admire her so much.

First of all, she modelled her look on the town tramp - "My look came from a very serious place: a country girl's idea of glamour. I would see pictures of women in magazines, what they called the town tramp, but I thought they were beautiful."

This may not seem a particularly admirable thing to some but, to me, it's just one instance that shows her candour and that she makes absolutely no apologies about who she is.

She has one of the prettiest voices I've ever heard (singing and spoken)...





She's also such a talented musician (one of the things I love about country music is that seeing a woman playing an instrument is far more commonplace than it is in pop music), songwriter, actress and has an outrageous sense of style, which I adore. She's also innovative - for instance, she played her acrylic nails as 'percussion' in the track 9 to 5 when she realised they sounded similar to a typewriter.

She's a very generous woman and supports many charitable efforts, especially in the area of literacy, which is such an important thing, I believe.

Dolly is a very positive role model not only because she has achieved so much and is a truly remarkable person but because she's true to herself and, as I already mentioned, makes no apologies about who she is. I think everyone has days when they feel a bit down about who they are and wishes they could just blend in with the rest of the crowd - whenever I have a day like that I think about Dolly and I feel better. She is one of the people who have inspired me to strive to not worry about what others think of me and live up to my own expectations, not the expectations of anyone else.

I'll leave you with a couple more of my favourite songs (I couldn't pick just one to leave you with) and truly hope that you have enjoyed this post -





Wikipedia, of course, has a rather extensive article about her, for those who would like to read a bit more - it includes a filmography and discography.

As I mentioned, any feedback on this new idea is very much appreciated! Let me know if you think there should be more or less: info, pictures, my thoughts, etc.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

24 comments:

  1. Oh, I love Dolly! I kinda love her even more after reading her style inspiration. What a great choice. Btw, just started following. Love your blog!

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  2. Oh I love this idea! I agree that Dolly is a huge role model! She's incredibly talented and beautiful! Great post!

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  3. I'd love to learn more about vintage icons.

    And I love Dolly!!! She's got a bit fo the country whimsy look I love. Gingham is king lol. And she always look glamourous.

    Thanks for the comment Andi, I think holding on to my skirt is going to be the best option.

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  4. I think alternating weeks is a great idea. :)

    Love, love, love Dolly. You really is amazing.

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  5. I think alternating weeks is a great idea! I'd love to hear more about your style icons. I agree, Dolly is a great positive role model! I was watching 9 to 5 recently and I'd forgotten how fantastic the wardrobe is, especially Dolly's (and also what a hilarious, yet positive message that the film has).

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  6. I adore Dolly!!
    Jolene is one of the best songs ever written and when she sings it, I want to cry.

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  7. I love your choice of idol here. Dolly is often overlooked.

    Interesting read as well! I never knew about her background.

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  8. One of my favorite tunes of hers is "Wildflowers Don't Care Where They Grow," which I first heard on the "Trio" album. ("Trio" is my favorite Dolly album - imagine, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt together!) I think "Wildflowers..." embodies Dolly's personality; the title says it all!

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  9. I love her. She has had a grate influence on my shoes, I can't go past a pair of 6inch vinyl or sparkly pair

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  10. When I was a kid Dolly was most famous for one thing really and that was her big chest. I love that she's come out about her enhancements, reductions and the fact that she modeled her look on the town tramp.

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  11. I don't know many of Dolly's songs but i think she's a great role model. She's talented, forthright and not scared of being herself. xx

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  12. I love Dolly. A superb choice. A great songwriter with one of the best voices in country music. And she is a sassy woman to boot.

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  13. love the style icon idea. it's so funny you posted on Dolly, because I just read this post over on Agentlover.com http://www.agentlover.com/blog/2010/02/08/yes-and-yes-on-dolly-parton/

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  14. Super voice and super choise. 10 points from Germany

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  15. I love Dolly! I think this is a great idea :) Her sense of humour makes me laugh.

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  16. I wouldn't be friends with anyone who didn't like Dolly! Her cd BACKWOODS BARBIE is one of my faves!

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  17. Great idea to alternate between silver screen posts ans style icon posts!
    I like some of Dolly's work, and def her integrety, although as I'm not very into country music I don't listen to her very often. She does however have an amazing voice!
    Lovely post! Cheers

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  18. I always dismissed Dolly Parton as a helium-breasted country warbler... but after reading this post and listening to her songs, I've gotten to see another side of her that I never thought about. Never did I think I'd genuinely enjoy listening to Dolly Parton music-- I'm a fan of "Dumb Blonde." Thank you!

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  19. I have to really say thank you to for this post. I've never really taken the time to search more on Dolly Parton. Taken into consideration my age, it's okay that I don't know much about her younger years, but wow, I honestly had no idea she was so incredibly pretty in her youth and such sweet voice. Wow. I'm stunned. Thank you! :)

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  20. Oh and, I loved this too:

    "... strive to not worry about what others think of me and live up to my own expectations, not the expectations of anyone else"

    Great thought and great advice to others!

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  21. i am just 15 years old but i lov mam dolly patron ... after listerning to her songs of like lov is like a butterfly , islend in the stream , but u know i love u etc. i lov u dolly mam i lov u

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  22. Dolly is awesome. I went to her concert and there were people of all ages and backgrounds having a great time. She makes no apologies for her appearance and has always stayed true to herself. Love her!

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