TikTokers are surprised that Dolly Parton has been wearing nude gloves the entire time

Dolly Parton have been wearing bare, fingerless gloves for a long time, but the internet has suddenly taken notice thanks to one viral TikTok Submitted by user hannahbearbrownwhich features a clip of the 76-year-old American country star performing at the 37th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. In the video, Parton appears at the microphone at LA’s Microsoft Theater wearing a bejeweled patent leather pantsuit that coordinates perfectly with the decoration on her guitar and its strap.

A close look at her hands actually gives a glimpse of the gloves, which she almost always accessorizes with cocktail rings if you look back at her outfits throughout history. Parton not only wears the gloves on stage, but for interviews, autographs and red carpets. While some TikTok commenters wrote that the gloves are either compression for her arthritis or meant to cover her finger tattoos, Parton has never publicly confirmed this to be true.

In 2017, she told Vanity Fair that she tries to hide her keloid scar tissue, explaining, “I tend if I have any kind of scars anywhere, they have a sort of purple tinge to them that I can never get rid of.” Parton also said her butterfly and flower tattoos are pastels to help cover the scars.

Later, her creative director Steve Summers told With style that each pair of gloves is custom-made (many are embellished with rhinestones) and that they are simply part of her wardrobe. “People always ask why she always wears sleeves – well, she’s 73 years old and she doesn’t like her elbows. [They ask] “what’s wrong with her hands?” She’s 73 and she doesn’t like them! It’s a normal woman thing,” he said in a 2019 article.

Regardless of Parton’s intent, we shine a light on some of her most memorable looks—all of which represent her signature sense of style—gloves or no gloves.

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