- Dolly Parton recreated her 1978 Playboy cover and showed it off in an Instagram video.
- The singer dressed in a similar outfit and posed for a photo shoot as a birthday gift to her husband.
- Parton said she made her own cover photo since Playboy is no longer in print.
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Dolly Parton celebrated her husband Carl Thomas Dean’s birthday by recreating her iconic Playboy cover from 1978.
The decorated country singer shared a video of herself on Tuesday in a black bustier and pink-and-white collar with a bow tie.
“Hey!” Parton said as she opened the video. “You’re probably wondering why I’m dressed like this. Well, it’s for my husband’s birthday.”
She added: “Remember some time back I said I was going to pose on the Playboy magazine when I was 75? Well, I’m 75, and they don’t have a magazine anymore.”
Parton was 32 years old when she first posed for Playboy, and dreams of her second cover shoot were squashed when the magazine went out of print after its spring 2020 issue.
Parton said that Dean had always loved her original cover, so to “make him happy” on his birthday, she decided to get a duplicate outfit and set up her own photo shoot.
She went on to call out her difference in appearance from then until now, saying 32-year-old Parton was “kind of a little butterball,” but she’s “string cheese now.”
“He still thinks I’m a hot chick after 57 years,” she said. “And I’m not gonna try and talk him out of that.”
The country singer showed off her gift of a framed set of the photos, with the original October 1978 cover on the left and her new photo on the right.
In 2015, Parton told People that Dean is “a deep person” with “a great and warped sense of humor.”
“He makes me laugh and entertains me,” she said in the interview. And she aimed to entertain him with his gift this year, saying she was going to walk into the room singing to Dean as she presented the framed photos while wearing the outfit.