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Dolly Parton: At 75 again in «Playboy»? Let it be good
At 75, Dolly Parton would like to go back to “Playboy” and then would actually be the oldest playmate ever to be on the cover. But does it have to be? The columnist would have a better idea that could blow the audience away.
So when you are 75 you want to take off your clothes again for “Playboy” and recreate your 1978 cover. This is of course courageous, self-confident and could almost pass as a feminist statement, because every woman can decide for herself how she wants to present herself. I still want to explain to you why you should leave it better.
It may be that your breasts are still the same as you promised the “Playboy” bosses, but the times are no longer. It's 2020 and “Playboy” is struggling with falling circulation figures and its dwindling relevance.
At some point even the makers of the men's magazine realized that the sexualized male view of women is no longer entirely up-to-date. Actress Jameela Jamil had herself photographed in a trouser suit and tie for the current issue of “Playboy”.
Musician Billie Eilish recently demonstrated what a contemporary, feminist statement looks like. She exposed herself to her bra in a video and asked: «Is my worth based only on your perception?» The American singer is known for only wearing baggy clothes to avoid the evaluation of her body.
Somebody like you Dolly, who voluntarily puts on rabbit ears in order to look sexy for a men's magazine in retirement age and who relies on “good make-up, good lighting and good doctors”, is unfortunately completely out of time.
Be a role model for women
Dear Dolly, you grew up in an era in which you had to play the sexy, stupid blonde to make it to the top unmolested. And when you got to the top, you just kept playing the role. Fair enough.
Those were other times too. But if you want to be a really good role model for us women today, then let yourself be photographed without make-up, maybe even in baggy looks.
Show us the personality behind the successful brand. Let us share how tiresome it is to wear a wig, corset and high heels for 60 years. Show us that we don't have to look like sex dolls into old age to remain relevant.
I swear to you, this cover sells 1,000 times better than the 1978 remake. And above all that one «playboy» would be eternally grateful to you. Then the struggling company might be able to tap into a new target group: us women.
With love, Julia Wagner
On weekdays at 11:30 am, there is a regular midday column at “Bluewin” - it revolves around well-known personalities, sometimes also unknown ones - and sometimes an asterisk will appear.
These are the twelve craziest plants in the world
Deadly poison: The miracle tree (Ricinus communis) with its fruits is considered to be the most poisonous plant on earth. The endosperm of the seeds is highly poisonous because it contains the toxic protein ricin. Ricin is one of the most potent naturally occurring toxins. If left untreated, death occurs through circulatory failure about 48 hours after poisoning. The wonder tree is native to East and West Africa
Big, bigger, biggest: the giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in the western United States is the most massive or voluminous known creature in the world. The evergreen tree can be up to 95 meters high and have a trunk diameter of 17 meters.
Climbing parasite: With a diameter of over one meter, the giant rafflesia (Rafflesia amoldi) forms the largest single flower. However, the gigantic bloom of the climbing plant only exists for a few days, then the red organ, which smells of carrion, disintegrates. A pile of black slime remains.
Blossom with heating: When the flowering time approaches, the titanium arum undergoes an amazing transformation: its gigantic inflorescence shoots up to ten centimeters a day. And to attract insects for fertilization, the reproductive organ gives off a carrion odor and heats up to 36 degrees Celsius.
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Queen of the Andes: The giant bromeliad (Puya raimondii) is the world's largest bromeliad, more than ten meters high. It also has one of the largest inflorescences of any plant and is an endangered species native to the Andes mountains of Peru and Bolivia.
Quite old: The giant eucalyptus (Eucalyptus regnans) grows as an evergreen tree that can reach an age of around 400 years. In preferred locations, it can reach heights of 65 meters in 50 years. It is considered to be the tallest deciduous tree in the world, possibly even the tallest tree at all. A specimen felled in 1872 was 132 meters high.
Royal strength: The giant water lily Victoria is probably one of the most impressive plants on the blue planet. With up to three meters, it has the largest blade diameter. Discovered in 1840 by the botanist Richard Schomburgh, it was named after Queen Victoria. Many botanical gardens subsequently built their own Victoria houses.
Pinnate leaves: The raphia palm is mainly native to tropical Africa. With a length of up to 25 meters, their leaves are considered to be the largest in the plant kingdom. They are not only very large, but also pinnate and stay on the plant after they die.
Heavy fruits: The jackfruit tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is native to India. If you disregard breeding successes such as giant pumpkins and the like, it gets the heaviest fruits. They can weigh more than 30 kilograms.
Over 4000 years old: In the Patriarch Grove in the White Mountains of California there are 17 specimens of the long-lived pine (Pinus longaeva) that are over 4000 years old. A tree whose age was determined to be 4700 years by counting the annual rings in a small drill core bears the name «Methuselah». (Archive image)
Almost 10,000 years old: Depending on the definition, there is a dispute about the oldest individual living beings. But it is definitely a plant: a Norway spruce (Picea abies) in Sweden, the trunk of which is much younger, competes with the long-lived pine. It emerges from roots that are said to have existed for about 9600 years.
Monkey face: Anyone who looks at Dracula simia is probably not surprised why it is nicknamed the monkey orchid. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to recognize the face of a primate. The plant grows at an altitude of 300 to 600 meters in Peru and Ecuador and smells of orange.
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Small but pretty: the rootless dwarf duckweed (Wolffia arrhiza) is considered to be the smallest flowering plant in general. Its flowers are invisible to the human eye. The plant body itself is a maximum of 1.5 millimeters long. And by the way: As an arum plant, it is very closely related to the titan arum.
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