It's hard to be a Southerner living in the North. Everyone is so abrupt. Everyone is moving so quickly. People hear your accent and assume you can't read. But a lot of things have come out of the South (well, not SLAVERY)—namely, good whiskey and country music (and the ensuing delicious drama created by country musicians).
And who's a bigger country music character than Dolly Parton? Everyone knows her because of her big hair, ridiculous sequined outfits, and GIANT BOOBS, but girlfriend is a SURVIVOR. She has been performing since the 1950's. She has been married ONCE, happily, for nearly 50 years (bet you didn't see that one coming). She wrote the song "I Will Always Love You," so you have Dolly to thank for the blockbuster shitfest version from Whitney Houston on The Bodyguard Soundtrack. Elvis once wanted to buy the rights to that song and she told him NO because he wanted to own the rights. This proves that Dolly is a true badass as well as a financial wizard, which is why her face is rightfully emblazoned on this Dolly Parton Coin Purse ($26, Bourbon & Boots). You know she made a KILLING off of that one song. And others. What a role model.