Dolly Parton is the most perfect person alive. She gave the world “Jolene,” and that is enough of a gift that she should just win all the Nobel Prizes in every category from now on. She has the voice of an angel, the wit of a trickster god, and she is one of the few people in the world with a style that is genuinely unique. And, apparently, her breasts and arms are completely covered in secret tattoos.
Jezebel points out that Dolly Parton has not worn a sleeveless or strapless dress in decades, and even when she wears a garment with sheer sleeves, she wears a nude undergarment to keep that ink hidden. But every once in a while a bit of ink peeks out, like in the photo above.
When Anderson Cooper asked Parton if she did have any tattoos, Parton responded coyly: “I might. But I’m not going to show ‘em till they catch me at it.”
Parton is keeping them secret, but both Roseanne and Absolutely Fabulous’ Jennifer Saunders say they’ve seen the tattoos. Roseanne mentioned it on Craig Ferguson’s talk show in 2011, saying:
“Do you know who’s totally tattooed? I shouldn’t even tell this. Dolly Parton is totally tattooed…She showed me. She’s got all these awesome tattoos all over body—no black or blue lines, all like, pastel gorgeous bows all over everything.”
Roseanne’s description matches what Saunders says she saw. In Saunders’ autobiography, she says she and Roseanne once ran into Dolly Parton at a restaurant. Parton asked if they wanted to see her tattoos, then took off her blouse and revealed that her breasts and arms were covered in tattoos. Saunders described them as:
“the most beautiful angels and beautiful butterflies and baskets of flowers in pastel-colored tattoos.”
Her description matches Roseanne’s story, and I’m inclined to believe it. Dolly Parton could already do no wrong in my book, but somehow the knowledge that she is covered in beautiful tattoos that she keeps completely secret just adds to her mystique.