Country singer was fascinated by local streetwalker

Dolly Parton has admitted that she was totally taken with a prostitute in her home town of Tennessee when she was a child.

‘I thought she was beautiful,’ she says. ‘She had more hair, more colour, more everything. I’m not a natural beauty, but I’m so outgoing, I felt I needed to be as flamboyant on the outside.’

Dolly, 61, is the first one to admit that she’s pretty out-there in the style stakes.

‘My image is over the top – my clothes are as tacky as Graceland,’ she says, ‘but it’s helped me to be recognised all over the world. I have no taste or style and nobody cares. I love it.’

And how does she feel about those mega-boobs? ‘I had implants done, but only years after I’d lost a lot of weight – in order for them to stand up like little soldiers,’ she tells Sunday magazine.

‘I’m in showbiz. I look at my boobs like they’re show horses or show dogs. You’ve got to keep them groomed. It’s all part of my image.’