Why does Dolly Parton always wear gloves?

SHE's a country icon and a household name – but noone has ever seen her hands.

Dolly Parton is never seen without a glamorous pair of gloves on, and fans are caught up in the mystery.

Why does Dolly Parton always wear gloves?

Since 2010, Dolly has worn fingerless gloves for virtually every public appearance or photoshoot, or instead long sleeves which cover the top of her hands.

Dolly Parton superfan Duane Gordon speculated back in 2011 about the singer's reasoning for the decision.

He said: "She has not publicly given her real reason for wearing them. Consequently, although many fans have asked me about them, I can't give an answer with first-hand information.

"She has even been asked about them on a couple of television interviews, and she joked about them, saying in one she was wearing them because she was cold and in another because she thought they were cute. 

"However, I can relay third-hand information that she was asked about the gloves by fans while filming scenes for her upcoming movie Joyful Noise and told them that last year she had had corrective hand surgery (medical, not cosmetic) and it left a scar that she's covering.

"Again, I've not heard that directly from Dolly or her management, but I'm told that's the answer she gave privately in Atlanta to those who asked.”

Dolly herself has hinted that she has tattoos she wants to hide. She said that her tattoos were originally designed to cover scar tissue.

Parton said: "Most of the tattoos, when I first started, I was covering up some scars that I had, ‘cause I have a tendency to have keloid scar tissue, and I have a tendency where, if I have any kind of scars anywhere, then they kind of have a purple tinge that I can never get rid of,”

“So mine are all pastels, what few that I have, and they’re meant to cover some scars. I’m not trying to make some big, bold statement.”

“I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to kind of decorate these with some flowers or little butterflies or whatever.’”

However, Dolly’s creative director Steve Summers says Dolly does it as a fashion statement.

He said: “People always ask why she always wears sleeves — well, she’s 73-years-old, and she doesn’t like her elbows,”

He said:“[They ask] 'what’s wrong with her hands?' She’s 73, and she doesn’t like them! It’s a normal woman thing.”

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