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Celebrity life can be tough. There’s constant pressure to look good. Dolly Parton is known for her makeup and big hair, but there was a time when she decided to forego her usual look. Here’s what she said about the time she ditched her wig and makeup.

Dolly Parton left her wig and makeup behind

Dolly Parton performs in a hot pink outfit
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Parton went through a rough time after what she describes as an “affair of the heart” ended, and she became depressed. In 1986, she told Ladies’ Home Journal she understood how people could get to a point where they think about killing themselves. However, Parton decided to meet up with her friend, Judy Ogle, and go on a trip.

Parton and Ogle headed for Tennessee to spend time with her family. According to the publication, during times like this, Parton would take a ride in her camper without any makeup or her signature wig. She and Ogle would drive to her hideaway in Hemet, California. Parton used the time during her getaway to swim, play her guitar, write songs, and read.

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During an interview with The New York Times, Parton revealed her morning routine. One thing she does each morning is take off her makeup. She explains that she sleeps with her makeup on just in case there’s an emergency. The country star wants to look her best in any situation.

“I clean my face in the mornings,” says Parton. “You never know if you’re going to wreck the bus, you never know if you’re going to be somewhere in a hotel and there’s going to be a fire. So, I leave my makeup on at night and clean my face in the morning.”

Parton told The Wall Street Journal that she prefers not to take off all her makeup for another reason. She says she wants to look nice for her husband, Carl Dean.

“I don’t like to go home and just tear down completely, because my poor husband has to look at me,” says Parton. “And in the morning when I get up I start all over again, put on my makeup and then touch it up through the day. I use a lot of Maybelline products, and I’ve used Max Factor’s Panstik makeup for all of my grown years; I have to order it from different places because I can’t find it anymore.”

Dolly Parton wanted to look like the town prostitute   

Parton thought the prostitute in her hometown was beautiful. Some people looked down on her, but Parton was in awe of the woman’s beauty. She says in her book, Dream More, she thought the town prostitute was the most beautiful woman she had ever seen. “I often tell the story of how I thought the most beautiful woman in the county was the woman most people called trash,” says Parton in her book.

Parton was impressed by the prostitute’s over-the-top outfits and her manicured nails. The country singer wanted to look just like the prostitute. Says Parton, “In my eyes—with her big dyed hair, her bright red nails, her feet squeezed tight into her high-heel shoes, and all her paint and perfume—she was just perfect.”