Dolly's 'artificial but sincere'
Dolly Parton has said she's "artificial" but said it's fine because she's "sincere".
The Tennessee-born country star readily admitted she bleaches her hair and piles on the make-up because she's inspired by French icon Brigitte Bardot.
"I have always admired natural beauties, but I am not one, never have been - I'm artificial but it comes from a sincere place, and I ain't telling people to look like me," she told The Times.
"I don't say, 'Oh, you need to have some big hair and big boobs and overdo your make-up and have nine-inch nails. A lot of men think I'm just too artificial, but there are some good ol' boys out there who don't."
Dolly, whose album Live From London is out on January 25, began faking it at an early age.
"I started bleaching my hair as soon as I could get money to buy bleach," she recalled.
"Before that it was that dishwater colour. I'd get the tar beat out of me for bleaching it, but I'd do it anyway. I just felt like a blonde."
The 63-year-old added: "Don't even know what colour my hair is now. It's probably grey. Don't want to see, don't want to know."