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Dolly Parton knows she’s still ‘a hot chick’ at 75 — and Megan Thee Stallion approves

Side-by-side images of Dolly Parton and Megan Thee Stallion
Musicians Dolly Parton, left, and Megan Thee Stallion recently shared a hot girl summer moment on Twitter.
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After sponsoring everyone’s shot girl summer by funding a COVID-19 vaccine, Dolly Parton just had a hot girl summer moment of her own. And Megan Thee Stallion agrees.

In honor of her husband’s birthday, the legendary country queen recently re-created her 1978 Playboy magazine cover, which pictured Parton in the Playboy bunny costume and a bedazzled bowtie.

“It’s always #HotGirlSummer for my husband, Carl,” Parton captioned a Tuesday video of herself rocking the classic Playboy bodysuit and bunny ears 40-plus years later. “Happy birthday my love!”

The video, which has already racked up more than 5.4 million views on Twitter alone, even earned Parton a shout-out from Megan Thee Stallion, who coined “hot girl summer” in 2019. After seeing Parton’s post, the Grammy-winning rapper shared it on Twitter and lovingly dubbed the “Jolene” hitmaker “hot girl dolly.”

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Country queen Dolly Parton nixed the idea of a statue erected at the Tennessee Capitol: “I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.”

“You’re probably wondering why I’m dressed like this,” Parton says in the clip. “Remember some time back, I said I was going to pose on Playboy magazine when I was 75?

“Well, I’m 75 and they don’t have a magazine anymore, but my husband always loved the original cover of Playboy, so I was trying to think of something to do to make him happy. He still thinks I’m a hot chick after 57 years, and I’m not gonna to try to talk him out of that. ... What do you think?”

The country music star is everywhere these days. And she’s determined to bridge our seemingly countless divides.

As a gift to her longtime partner, Carl Thomas Dean, the Grammy winner staged a photo shoot “in this little outfit” reimagining her Playboy cover-girl moment — sparkly pink cufflinks and all — and had it framed alongside the 1978 version. (Here’s what Parton looked like on the original Playboy cover.)

“I was kind of a little butterball in that one. Well, I’m string cheese now, but he’ll probably think I’m cream cheese, I hope,” she said with a wink.

“Anyway, I’m going to surprise him — going in singing to him in my little bunny suit. So, what do you think? You think Playboy oughta pay me for at least the photo shoot? I do.”

“Hot girl summer” has become the summer’s most ubiquitous meme, thanks to a burgeoning hip-hop star named Megan Thee Stallion

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Parton has been a comforting presence on social media throughout the pandemic, reading virtual bedtime stories to children and promoting Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccinewhich she helped fund by donating $1 million to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research efforts last year. Real hot girl s—, as Megan Thee Stallion would say.

Also on her hot girl game this summer is Megan Thee Stallion — who achieved a milestone this week as “thee first rapper” on the cover of the 2021 Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated.

Also featured on separate covers were tennis superstar Naomi Osaka and actor and model Leyna Bloom, the first Haitian Japanese woman and first transgender woman, respectively, to grace the magazine’s cover.


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