Dolly Parton may be a peerless musical legend, but she's also a human being who struggles just like the rest of us (have you ever listened to "Jolene"?). While talking about the upcoming Netflix film Dumplin', Parton revealed that she struggles with her body image, just like the rest of us -- although she phrased it like only Dolly Parton could.
"I'm a hog at heart. I've been up and down with my weight through the years, so I can definitely relate to that," she said about the film, which follows the plus-size daughter of a former pageant queen (Patti Cake$'s Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, respectively) who decides to rebelliously enter a beauty pageant. Parton wrote six songs for the film's soundtrack, including a new, strings-only version of "Jolene."
"[Dumplin'] shows that you don't have to be physically beautiful," she told People. "You don't have to look like a supermodel. I really worry a lot about young girls today because they think they have to look like the models or the people on television. We need to be accepting of ourselves in how we are."
Parton also shared a bit about how she maintains her status as a skinny legend: she tries to adhere to a strict low-carb diet during the week, but on the weekends, all bets are off: "I'll make gravy and biscuits and fried sausage or fried spam. My husband loves my cooking, so I cook for him. I really cook just old Southern food." The country legend also said she keeps her mother's memory alive with her cooking. "If I think of Mama, then I usually cook what she used to cook that we loved so good," she added. "Mama used to make, it's like chocolate pudding, really, but you put it in the skillet with flour and sugar and milk and you just make a pudding. Mama used to put it with biscuits. Mama's gone now, but she's not gone in our memory and in our cooking."