Dolly did it,” Morris said alongside her 2019 “Playboy” photo for the “Gender And Sexuality” issue. by tiffany goldstein 1h ago Country music hitmaker Maren Morris is standing up for what she believes in and taking pride in her sexuality. On March 18, “The Middle” singer took to social media to share an old photo from a 2019 photoshoot she did with “Playboy” for the “Gender and Sexuality” issue. The black-and-white snapshot features the 31-year-old artist topless and sporting a traditional cowboy hat. “Before I go into the next album era, I did @playboy in 2019 and got a lot of hate at the time, but I’m the proudest that I showed country female sexuality in its realist form here,” the fearless feminist wrote in the caption under the provocative photo. “We are nuanced, we are messy and stretch-marked in the most beautiful way. Don’t sleep on us. We tell your down home stories in the most unflinching, gorgeous lane.” Shortly after the award-winning artist revealed the throwback print, naysayers flooded the comment section, but the positive praise from notable names in the industry overpowered the negative remarks. “I adore this photo! You look stunning! The ones talking sh*t are only DYING to let this side of themselves out. Expression, not repression,” country icon LeAnn Rimes pointed out. “🔥 👑♥️ Your light can’t be dimmed!!! I love you so freakin’ much!!” added Chris Stapleton’s wife, Morgane Stapleton. Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Mickey Guyton, celebrity fitness trainer Erin Oprea, Hollywood star Jenna Dewan, TV personality Amanda Kloots, and Kyle Richard’s showered Morris with words of encouragement. While acknowledging the kind messages, the outspoken musician couldn’t shake the hurtful statements and decided to address the situation on her Instagram story. “Letting all prudes know that women in country music own their sexuality too,” she wrote. The mother of one sparked the same conversation on Twitter by posting the “Playboy” photo alongside a direct tweet that reads, “Hey, it’s not “edgy” for women in country music own their sexuality, too.” A devoted fan replied to her tweet and confessed that she had to fight “so many trolls” when the photo was released back in 2019 by “Playboy.” The follower also shared that she was “proud” of the chart-topping artist for standing up for herself. Morris instantly fired back with “Dolly did it.” The queen of country music Dolly Parton was one of the first females in the genre to embrace her sexuality, as she graced the cover of “Playboy” in 1978. When the summer 2019 issue surfaced featuring the vocalist, she clapped back at critics who assumed she would lose respect from fans and the industry. According to USA Today, Morris posted a lengthy statement on Instagram recognizing her self-worth by simply shutting down haters. “The thing about me is, I make music for myself. I learned later that it touches others, which is the most wonderful byproduct of a songwriter’s calling,” she shared. “Some can slut-shame me for my lyrics about sex, and you can put me in your little box, but I just want to live and love. I recently accepted myself and will put these photos in a frame because I’ll never have this moment back,” she concluded. The same fierce and fearless side of Maren Morris is expected to shine through on her forthcoming record, “Humble Quest.”

Kelsea Ballerini gushes over doppelgänger Reese Witherspoon and “Captain America” actor Anthony Mackie.

Place a photo of country music hitmaker Kelsea Ballerini and award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon side-by-side. Their similar characteristics might just make you do a double-take.

In a recent interview with PEOPLE TV, the “Homecoming Queen” singer revealed the first time she crossed paths with Witherspoon and how their twin-like resemblance sparked a reliable relationship.

“We met several years ago at the Christmas tree lighting at the White House,” Ballerini told the outlet. “We were backstage, and I just said, ’You know, people say I look like you, and I’m obsessed with you.’”

Since that day, the multi-platinum artist confirmed that the relationship with the Hollywood star blossomed, and they quickly became “really lovely friends.” Ballerini did not fail to point out Witherspoon’s inspiring personality and the dynamic of their tight-knit friendship.

“I’m able to call her if I have a question or need some encouragement or advice. She’s a true girls’ girl,” she said.

Ballerini has expressed her love for Witherspoon time and time again. In fact, she invited the actress-turned bookworm over to her Nashville home back in November of 2021 to discuss her debut poetry collection, “Feel Your Way Through.”

“My incredible friend ( and sister in another life) Reese Witherspoon came over to talk all things ’Feel Your Way Through.’ We cover body image, female support systems, and getting to know ourselves as we grow up,” Ballerini shared on YouTube. “I love this woman and am so thankful for her wisdom and willingness to share a little glimpse into our heart-to-heart girl talk.”

During the warm conversation about Ballerini’s best-selling book of poetry, Witherspoon mentioned that she highlighted a stanza in one of the sonnets that resonated with her the most. 

“One of the first things that struck me when I read one of your poems was about that you are an ’old soul,’” she disclosed with the marked-up book in hand. “Because that is how I feel about you. I always frequently leave hanging out with you, and I think ’this woman is an old soul,’” she added while laughing.

While the two have formed a loyal connection, Ballerini still has a fan-girl moment once in a while.The hitmaker previously took to TikTok dressed in all pink to pay homage to Witherspoon’s legendary character Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.”

“I think I dropped something on the floor that I need to pick up! So you, bend and snap!” the singer-songwriter said in the short clip highlighting a fan-favorite scene from the iconic film.

Reese Witherspoon is not the only big-screen A-lister the country star tends to rub elbows with, as she told PEOPLE TV that she ran in the same circle as her upcoming CMT Music Awards co-host Anthony Mackie.

“I love the CMT Awards,” she said full of excitement. “They’re the only country show that’s fan-voted. I’m co-hosting again with Anthony Mackie this year, who I met last year. He was just fantastic, warm, and lovely,” she concluded.

The powerhouse vocalist will be taking center stage alongside the “Captain America” actor on Monday, April 11, on CBS.

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