A Dolly Parton look-alike gave us a sneak peek at her expensive habits and lavish lifestyle posing as a country star.
In 2018, Lauren fierce competition At a New York City barbecue restaurant that tested her knowledge of Dolly and sparked a hilarious obsession.
A few years ago, a friend of the future champion challenged her to enter a look-alike contest held at Marbles Smokehouse & Banquet Hall in Brooklyn.
In an exclusive conversation with The US Sun, Lauren recalled a friend asking, “Can you beat this?”
“I showed up in my own clothes and wig and it worked out,” Dolly’s doppelgänger said.
A fan since birth, Lauren had what it took to ensure victory, including a rich history of knowledge and a convenient fat physique.
Lauren’s victory, as she puts it, “unleashed a passion in me.”
“After winning, I made myself a 12-month Dolly Parton calendar for fun.
The calendar features stunning photos of Lauren in a variety of iconic Dolly looks.
“I sent it to every client, every friend, every family member,” said the Dolly student.
When asked how much the project would cost, Lauren smiled and said, “Don’t tell my husband.”
“I think over $3,000.
“If you need someone enthusiastic to be Dolly and need someone to call me in the future, I’ll be there for you.”
Looks aren’t the only thing that sets you apart from the competition.
Years later, Marble’s Smokehouse owner Meghan, who launched the contest in 2016, continues to ask Dolly enthusiasts to know more about the star.
“Perfect hair, perfect makeup, everything can be perfect. If you don’t know anything about Dolly, you can’t take it home,” she told the US Sun with a stern look.
It all started after Dolly’s Apprentice saw the 1980 film Urban Cowboy starring John Travolta and Deborah Winger.
The film features a similar contest at a Honky Tonk bar outside of Houston, Texas.
“I was always very inspired by that movie and that contest.
“I really wanted to do this, so I took the idea and did it.”
Since the idea came to fruition, hundreds of people have filled her barbecue restaurant to watch contestants go to great lengths to prove their devotion to the Jolene singer.
Some of the wildest moments described by Meghan include Dory fans throwing lassoes at their targets. Just like the stars did in movies 9 through 5.
Last year, Meghan said she had contestants “pin Botox on Kenny Rogers.”
“You just never know what’s going to happen.”
Meghan added that the show sells out every time it happens.
This year, a motley crew of eight contestants lined up on stage to compete against each other.
Participants ranged from a 65-year-old from New Hampshire to a drag queen masquerading as a county icon since 2010.
“I love everything about her,” said drag performer Sequinet.
“Her autobiography is like my bible.”
On stage, host and fellow drag performer Beth Western soon began bombarding them with questions about the singer.
In line, each contestant approached the microphone and was quizzed while the crowd clapped and booed.
Questions ranged from the lore surrounding Dolly’s song to the county she grew up in.
Each round, promising women were voted on by three judges: drag queen Gigi St. Croy, self-proclaimed Dolly expert and volunteer firefighter Sean, and last year’s winner, The Shenanigans.
“If someone is a little sloppy, it’s not Dolly,” Sean said.
“If someone is too provocative, it’s not Dolly.
“And if someone isn’t as nice as Dolly, that sort of thing is more important to me than someone looking and feeling like Dolly.”
Overnight, multiple people called the Tennessee Bell “the great unifier” of America.
After feeding the impersonator shotgun beer, dancing to the iconic Dolly song, and reverently reading her autobiography, the winner was clear.
One fierce competitor immediately stood out with her gorgeous yellow gown, striking resemblance, and surprisingly thorough knowledge.
Her rivals fell one after another.
But the finishing blow was a dramatic lip-sync to Dolly’s rendition of “Stairway to Heaven” complete with an air violin solo.
Sequinette gave the crowd a gorgeous smile when Beth Western announced that she looked just like 2023’s Dolly Parton.
“I feel great. I’m so happy,” the genteel queen told the US Sun after walking off stage.
“I mean, it’s sad. I hate it when other people don’t win,” she continued in a very dollyy response.
“But I love Dolly. I would do anything for her. I will carry on my legacy with pride.”
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