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Early in her career, @dollyparton's friend and mentor Chet Atkins told her, "Dolly, you need to tone it down. You're wearing too much makeup. You need to have a little more taste. People are never going to take you serious[ly] as a songwriter and singer." "I said, 'You know what? I can't separate the two. This is who I am,' she told ELLE. "I not only didn't tone it down, I figured if my work was truly good enough, people would eventually recognize that. That's how I've always looked at it: that I look totally artificial, but I am totally real, as a writer, as a professional, as a human being. A rhinestone shines just as good as a diamond." Link in bio for the full cover story. #ELLEWIH

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