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Dolly Parton and her famous gravity-defying missiles took off on Twitter recently as the country sensation posted a sexy birthday present for husband, Carl. The top-heavy singer and philanthropist donned her original bunny ears, bowtie, and cufflinks from her 1978 Playboy magazine shoot.
Parton had joked last year that she wanted to re-pose for Playboy at 75-years-old, so her video was technically making good on that promise.
“Today is July 20th, it’s my husband Carl’s birthday and you’re probably wondering why I’m dressed like this. Well, it’s for my husband’s birthday,” Parton explained in the video.
“Remember some time back I said I was gonna pose on Playboy magazine when I’m 75? Well, I’m 75 and they don’t have a magazine anymore, but my husband always loved the original cover of Playboy.”
Call me a typical LA blonde bimbo-chaser, but I gotta tell you, Dolly is really doing it for me here. She probably only comes up to my belly button, but still she’s a little firecracker of sex appeal and good humor. Just dripping with fun vibes.
Plus, she’s a worldwide mogul with successful ventures ranging from children’s books to theme parks, so you know she’s got it going on upstairs, too. You have to tip your cap; before the world of commercial sex appeal that we know today came to fruition, Dolly had the game figured out, instinctively knowing how to leverage her massive assets without sacrificing her legitimacy. To even pose for Playboy in that era was a risk, so her cover really illustrated the forethought of Parton, who obviously understood what the magazine could do for her career. Instead of a lurid distraction, her worldclass cannons became a signature part of her brand. In a more-modest era like the 1970s, walking the line between sexy and sleazy required a deft touch, especially in an industry like country music.
And how about that Playboy cover? She would’ve been around 32-years-old at the time and was still tossing gas like a college girl. Even the late great Hugh Hefner knew his cover girl was so hot that she’d have no problem carrying the issue, and therefore had no problem teasing the cover with actual college girls (shoutout to the 1978 PAC 10 coeds out there, by the way; I probably met some of you in Newport Beach last weekend). Maybe we’ll do a line-by-line breakdown of this Playboy cover one day—I have a lot of Cheryl Tiegs questions as well.
Anyways, salute to one of the greatest to ever live the top-heavy life. As a born and bred Tennessean, I’m proud to claim these mountains as two of our own. The best Dollywood joke in the comment section wins a free Twitter shoutout.
(Cover photo via Getty Images)