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Dolly Parton's Legendary Style Through The Years, Seen In 50 Photos

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Dolly Parton is many things: an award-winning singer/songwriter, a country music icon, an actress, a philanthropist and godmother to Miley Cyrus. But if there’s one thing she’s not, it’s subtle.

With her sky-high blond hair and affinity for tight, sparkly dresses, the living legend (she has a medal to prove it) has effectively made “over the top” her signature style.

As she once revealed in an interview with Jimmy Fallon, her look was inspired by “the town trollop.” “I thought she was the most beautiful thing, because she had all this makeup, hair, tight clothes and everything I wanted,” she said.

Parton’s style is a reflection of how she feels on the inside. She’s said so herself:

In honor of the country queen’s 73rd birthday on Jan. 19, we’re taking a moment to celebrate her brand of glamour.

Take a look at some of her best fashion moments below:

1965
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Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee.
1967
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Parton with her collaborator Porter Wagoner on the set of his TV show, circa 1967.
1970
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Parton poses for a portrait, circa 1970.
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The singer wears a bedazzled pink outfit in this undated photo.
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The music icon poses for a portrait.
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Parton performs onstage in a purple ensemble.
1974
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The singer performs onstage with an acoustic guitar.
1976
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The country singer poses for a portrait sometime in 1976.
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Parton poses in bell-bottoms in this undated photo.
1977
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Parton performs at the Bottom Line club in New York, 1977.
1977
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Parton sings on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1977.
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Parton wears a bright pink jumpsuit in this undated photo.
1977
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The country singer attends an event in March 1977 in Los Angeles.
1977
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Parton poses outside Peaches Records in 1977.
1977
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Parton poses for a portrait before performing in September 1977 in Detroit, Michigan.
1977
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Parton performs onstage in Detroit in September 1977.
1978
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Parton poses for a portrait session in 1978 in Los Angeles.
1978
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Parton during the annual International Radio & TV Society Christmas Benefit at the New York Hilton Hotel in 1978.
1980
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Parton, with Jane Fonda (center) and Lily Tomlin (right) pose for a publicity portrait for the 1980 film "9 to 5."
1980
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Parton in a portrait taken on location while filming "9 to 5" in Beverly Hills in 1980.
1980
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Parton attends the opening party for "Morning at Seven" on Oct. 30, 1980, at Nirvana restaurant in New York City.
1980
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Parton at film premiere for "9 to 5" in New York.
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Parton performs onstage in this undated photo.
1983
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Parton performs at the Dominion Theatre on March 29 in London.
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Parton is photographed at an event in this undated photo.
1984
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Parton and Sylvester Stallone at the "Rhinestone" premiere in New York City.
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Parton wears a white skirt suit in this undated photo.
1987
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Parton performs on "Dolly" in 1987.
1987
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The singer performs on "Dolly" in 1987.
1987
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A studio portrait of Parton from 1987.
1987
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Parton poses in New York sometime in 1987.
1987
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The singer poses with her guitar in 1987.
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Parton wears a denim ensemble in this undated photo.
1988
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Parton attends the 14th Annual People's Choice Awards on March 13 at 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California.
1988
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The singer-songwriter poses for a portrait at Dollywood on Oct. 24 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
1989
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Parton arrives at the premiere of "Steel Magnolias" on Nov. 9 in Century City, California.
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Parton wears a white jumpsuit with lace detail in this undated photo.
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Parton wears a yellow ensemble in this undated photo.
1990
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The singer performs on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" on Dec. 14.
1993
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Parton performs during the 8th Season Grand Opening of Dollywood at Dollywood Theme Park on April 23 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
1998
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Parton performs on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Aug. 24.
2000
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Parton speaks during a luncheon address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where she discussed "Imagination Library," her program that had given away 150,000 books to children at that time.
2002
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Parton performs at the House of Blues on Aug. 7 in West Hollywood.
2007
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Parton entertains the audience at the Magna Science and Adventure Park on Dec. 5 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.
2008
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Parton poses at the opening night party for the world premiere of the musical theater adaptation of the film "9 to 5" at The Plaza of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral on Sept. 20 in Los Angeles.
2010
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Parton attends the Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years award show at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10 in Ledyard Center, Connecticut.
2011
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Parton walks onto the stage for her appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on July 22.
2015
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The singer attends the premiere of "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" at the Egyptian Theatre on Dec. 2 in Hollywood.
2017
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Lily Tomlin, Parton and Jane Fonda appear at the Emmys on Sept. 6 in Los Angeles.
2018
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Parton arrives at the premiere of Netflix's "Dumplin'' at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on Dec. 6 in Hollywood.
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