The Real Reason Dolly Parton Always Wears Long Sleeves

The Real Reason Dolly Parton Always Wears Long Sleeves


If you’re a fan of Dolly Parton, you’ve probably
noticed that the country music legend always wears long sleeves. And even though she looks glamorous in every
single long sleeve dress, gown, and top she wears, fans can’t help but wonder why she
chooses to cover up her shoulders and arms. According to Jezebel, the “Two Doors Down”
singer wears long sleeves, and sometimes even gloves, to hide all her secret tattoos. “I’m not really one to have, just, completely
tattoos, but I do have a few.” “Okay.” “But they’re not where you can see.” In 2013, Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous
fame publicly confirmed on Australian TV show Sunday Night that Parton is covered in tattoos. Saunders recalls the time the superstar flashed
her ink in a restaurant, describing them as: “The most beautiful angels and beautiful butterflies
and baskets of flowers in pastel-colored tattoos.” Parton made Saunders promise to not tell a
soul, however, Saunders went on to share the story on TV as well as in her autobiography,
Bonkers: My Life in Laughs. During a November 2019 interview with Good
Morning America, Parton confirmed that she’s partial to a butterfly or flower tattoo. Butterflies are a recurring motif in her life,
mentioned in songs and appearing on the logo for Dollywood, Parton’s Tennessee theme park. Explaining their very special meaning, she
told ABC News, “They tell stories about me getting lost in
the woods, and getting in trouble chasing butterflies.” According to Inked, Parton has also previously
admitted to Jay Leno that she has an angel tattoo somewhere on her body and told Larry
King that she doesn’t have full tattoo sleeves or anywhere near as many tattoos as people
think. “Splattered them here and there, but I’m not
making a, wouldn’t be a biker chick or anything.” If you take a close look at what Parton wears
on the red carpet and during her shows, it’s often her upper arms that she hides most.Though
the singer has never confirmed that the reason she wears long sleeves is to cover her tattoos,
she has confirmed that she originally got tattoos to cover up her scars. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Parton admitted, “I don’t really like to make a big to-do of
[the tattoos] because people make such a big damn deal over every little thing. Most of the tattoos, when I first started,
I was covering up some scars that I had, ’cause I have a tendency to have keloid scar tissue,
and I have a tendency where if I have any kind of scars anywhere then they kind of have
a purple tinge that I can never get rid of.” “So I started having little pastel little
things to disguise things.” It sounds like wearing long sleeves is simply
another way that Parton can hide her keloid scars while keeping her tattoos personal and
private, revealing them only to who she chooses, rather than the entire world. According to a consultant Plastic Surgeon
at the British Skin Institute, “A keloid is a type of bulky scar that develops
in the skin as a result of injury, infection or inflammation and spreads beyond the borders
of the original field of skin damage. It is essentially an area of excessive collagen
deposition.” The surgeon describes them as “shiny, rubbery
skin lumps” that can be very unpredictable as they can take years to develop, and can
stop and start growing at different stages of life for no reason known to medical professionals. As stated on the UK’s National Health System
website, they’re most common on the upper chest, shoulders, head, and neck. In recent years, Parton has been very open
about the fact that she has keloid scars. While there’s no need to have them removed
since they’re completely harmless, like most scars, they will stay on your body for life. If you want them treated for cosmetic reasons,
the British Skin Institute recommends you see a skin specialist or dermatologist; there’s
no single treatment that can remove them completely, and the process can be quite complicated. It’s also important to understand that most
people usually need to undergo multiple different treatments, and even if successful, the keloid
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