Dolly Parton shares the worst business advice

  • Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton recently appeared on the WorkLife podcast with Adam Grant.
  • Parton shared with Grant the only bad advice she received early in her career.
  • Critics told her that her style – “country girl’s idea of ​​glamour” – made her look “cheap”.

Throughout her career, country music star Dolly Parton has also become famous for her signature look, which includes big blonde wigs, lots of makeup and a style she describes as “the idea of ​​glamor of a country girl”.

But in her early days, the singer-songwriter received plenty of unsolicited fashion advice from critics — advice she decided to ignore, with great success. Parton recently addressed the subject in an episode of the podcast “Work Life with Adam Grant.” Grant is an organizational psychologist and professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“The main piece of advice people wanted to give me was to change my look and go more simply with my hair and the way I dress,” Parton told Grant. “Not for looking so cheap. No one was ever going to take me seriously.”

Speaking to Grant, Parton shared that her style has always been part of her artistry. She said she wanted her appearance to match her “outgoing personality” and that she modeled the style on the “city bum” of her hometown. Parton got her to start writing songs in Nashville in 1964. In 1967 she released her first album, “Hello, I’m Dolly”. But not everyone was sold on their looks in those early years.

“Everyone said she was trash and in my little girl mind I was like, ‘This is what I’ll be when I grow up,'” she said. “It’s definitely like a look that I was going for.”

Parton referenced her song ‘Backwoods Barbie’, where she sings about ‘having too much makeup, too much hair’, adding that ‘I’m as shallow as I look, ’cause I run true and deep’ .

Despite the harsh criticism she received for her style, Parton stayed true to her look and won 11 Grammy Awards and 10 Country Music Association Awards.

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