Dolly Parton wants to recreate her 1978 Playboy cover for her 75th birthday

'It would be a hoot.'
Published March 9, 2020 10:16 a.m. EST
Last Updated March 12, 2020 12:00 a.m. EST
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 918 -- Pictured: (l-r)  Singer Dolly Parton during an interview with host Seth Meyers on November 21, 2019 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank) LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 918 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Dolly Parton during an interview with host Seth Meyers on November 21, 2019 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
Age is just a number, and Dolly Parton plans on kicking off her 75th year right. But when you’ve already won over hoards of fans, recently launched your own Netflix series (Heartstrings) and found philanthropic success with a children’s literacy program, what’s next to tackle on that old bucket list? For the “Jolene” singer, it’s recreating her 1978 Playboy cover.“I don’t plan to retire. I just turned 74 and I plan to be on the cover of Playboy magazine again,” Parton told 60 Minutes Australia on March 8 when asked what her retirement age would be. “See, I did Playboy magazine years ago. I thought it would be such a hoot, if they’ll go for it—I don’t know if they will—if I could be on the cover again when I’m 75.” Parton first posed for the publication at 32 years old. Wearing the signature bunny ears, bowtie, and black leotard, she was the first country singer to ever be featured on the cover, opening up the door for others, like Maren Morris, who posed for the publication last summer.“I could probably use [the same outfit]. Maybe. Boobs are still the same!” Parton continued, before sharing some of her secrets to looking youthful. “I always say good lighting, good makeup and good doctors. And a good attitude don't hurt either. The good part with me though, I have my own look. I'm kind of cartoonish and cartoons don't really age that much. Even when I'm 90, I'll probably look about the same way. Just a little thicker makeup, bigger hair.”[video_embed id='1702502']RELATED: Dolly Parton swears by this unusual skincare hack[/video_embed]Although Playboy hasn’t officially responded just yet, the late Hugh Heffner’s motto was, “once a Playmate, always a Playmate.” So the odds look good. After all, Jane Seymour was 67 when she posed for the magazine a third time, and it was only last year that the publication invited five former Playmates, dating back to 1963, to pose again for their equality issue—including 77 year-old Bill Cosby-accuser Victoria Valentino.Okay, so Parton isn’t technically a Playmate (that term is strictly reserved for the centerfold model who also opens up with a pictorial biography and the “Playmate Data Sheet”). But she was definitely a game-changer when she graced that cover, because it changed people’s “good-girl” image of her and gave the magazine plenty of publicity. It didn’t even matter that she never posed nude.“I remember Dolly Parton’s amazing [October 1978] Playboy cover and reading about the drama surrounding this wholesome figure being part of a magazine that has showcased naked women for decades,” Morris said when she posed. “It was such a faux pas in country music, and yet she ended up making one of the most iconic Playboy covers of all time … so many of the moves Dolly made in her career were about bucking the status quo, especially when it came to sexuality and gender norms within country music.”Your move, Playboy.[video_embed id='1545741']RELATED: Dolly Parton reveals the secret to her 52-year marriage[/video_embed]