Dolly Parton, On Losing A Drag Queen Competition

Julie Gerstein / November 27, 2012

“They had a bunch of Chers and Dollys that year, so I just over-exaggerated — made my beauty mark bigger, the eyes bigger, the hair bigger, everything. All these beautiful drag queens had worked for weeks and months getting their clothes. So I just got in the line and I just walked across, and they just thought I was some little short gay guy.. but I got the least applause.”

––Dolly Parton tells a story from her new memoir, Dream More, out November 27. If you don’t love Dolly Parton I don’t even want to know you.