Dolly Parton Loves It When Drag Queens Come To Her Concerts

"Sometimes some of them look more like me than I do."

This year Dolly Parton is headlining a 60-city tour, developing a TV series based on her life and launching two albums, including Pure & Simple. No mean feat for a young performer, but at 70, the Backwoods Barbie shows no sign of slowing down.

In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, Parton expressed how much joy she gets from seeing fans at concerts—even when they’re dressed like her.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 15:  Singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman Dolly Parton performs during Dolly Parton Pure & Simple Tour at Mann Center For Performing Arts on June 15, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
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“I think it’s fun! You know, we usually have boys all dressed like me, and so when I do ’Jolene’ and I see a bunch of drag queens out there, I start singing [to the tune of the “Jolene” chorus] “drag queen, drag queen, drag queen! Please don’t take my man!” [Laughing]”

Dolly says she’s proud of her big gay following, teasing “sometimes some of them look more like me than I do.”

Can you say “Ivana Breast Reduction”?

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.