Dolly Parton On Struggling With Her Weight: 'I'm a Hog At Heart'

Dolly Parton
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Dolly Parton arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards Variety and Women in Film pre-Emmy celebration in Los Angeles. 

Dolly Parton penned six original songs for the soundtrack of Dumplin', the Netflix original film that follows a Parton superfan as she takes on a Texas beauty pageant and antiquated, anti-fat standards.

It turns out the country icon relates to the body positive message of the movie, and specifically when it comes to her own weight loss journey and learning to love her hourglass frame. In People's new cover story, Parton cracks a joke at her own expense while digging into Dumplin' and how it encourages self-acceptance. 

“I’m a hog at heart," she tells People. "I’ve been up and down with my weight through the years, so I can definitely relate to that."

She continues and stresses that Dumplin' shows that you don’t have to be physically beautiful. "You don’t have to look like a supermodel," she adds. "I really worry a lot about young girls today because they think they have to look like the models or the people on television. We need to be accepting of ourselves in how we are."

Dumplin' -- which stars Jennifer Aniston and Danielle MacDonald -- his Netflix on Dec. 7.