Dolly Parton said she always wears heels and makeup at home so that she’s ‘ambulance-ready at all times’

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  • Dolly Parton recently spoke with RuPaul for the digital December cover of Marie Claire.
  • During their interview, Parton said she almost always wears heels around the house to help her feel like herself and reach her cabinets.
  • She also said she commonly wears makeup and wigs in her spare time so that she's always "ambulance-ready" in case there's an earthquake or some other reason she would need to go outside.
  • Later, Parton dispelled rumors that she only wears clothes once by saying that she either re-wears items, donates them, or places them in a museum.
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Dolly Parton's wigs, makeup, and heels are all major parts of her signature look.

But rather than just wearing the accessories onstage, Parton also wears them frequently while relaxing at home. The legendary musician recently spoke with RuPaul for Marie Claire's digital December cover, and she discussed everything from music to her morning routine.

When RuPaul asked if she wore heels while cooking breakfast on the morning of their interview, Parton replied: "I always wear my high heels. Don't you?"

Dolly Parton said she likes to wear her signature makeup and heels at home so that she's 'ambulance-ready at all times'

After Parton mentioned that she "always" wears high heels, RuPaul noted that there are similarities between himself and the singer, but that he "takes all that stuff off" at the end of the day. 

"Well, I don't," Parton replied. "I have to always stay ready — street ready, I always say. I have to keep my makeup on and keep my hair done. Like, when I'm in LA — I've told you about it — if it's going to earthquake, if we get an earthquake, I'm not running out in the street looking like you look now. I have to be ambulance-ready at all times, if I get sick or something."

"But I actually do wear high heels most of the time," she continued. "They're not always as high as the ones I wear for show. But I'm little. I'm short. And I have to wear heels in order to reach my cabinets. But I always enjoy wearing the shoes too, and I just feel more like me."

That being said, Parted noted that she "can come down, though," as she said she's comfortable in her skin and with her image.

"I dress for myself more than I do for somebody else," Parton told RuPaul.

The musician added that she makes sure none of her famous costumes go to waste after she wears them

RuPaul mentioned during their interview that he's never seen Parton wear the same outfit twice. Parton, however, said it's untrue that she doesn't recycle clothes.

"If I love something, I wear it," she said. "If I'm on tour, I have stage outfits that I wear. But if it's for a real special occasion, then I will put that in my museum, or I will allow other people to put certain costumes in their museums, or we auction off pieces for charity. So nothing ever goes to waste."

Of course, there's more to Parton than her standout wigs and sparkling outfits. Not only did she partially fund the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, but she's also spent much of the pandemic helping children through her organization Imagination Library.

Read Dolly Parton's full interview with RuPaul and Marie Claire here.

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