In the book Dolly on Dolly, she revealed getting rid of all the glam is something she does think about occasionally:
“I might throw the wigs away tomorrow, next month, next year. Maybe never.
If I feel the need to, I might do something drastic when I’m ready to shock the people again. It’s unfair to keep a person bound to an image. It’s time to look inside the hour-and-a-half-glass figure and the hair, to look at the music and the talent.
I deliberately chose this appearance so that the image could sell the talent, and the talent would sell the image. But the talent was always more important and should take over now.”
On the other hand, she also said she kind of enjoys the fact that people sometimes misjudge her based on her looks, because it allows her to have more freedom and power in certain situations:
“I look one way and am another. It makes for a good combination. I always think of ‘her,’ the Dolly image, like a ventriloquist does his dummy.
I have fun with it. I think, what will I do with her this year to surprise people? What’ll she wear? What’ll she say?
A character never grows old. I guess I am a character only because I’m just totally what I am. I’m not afraid to be that and say what I want to, and just do what I want to do.”