Back in November of 2016, Jinger Duggar married Jeremy Vuolo in front of 1,500 of her closest friends and relatives.
Now, as they approach their one-year anniversary, the young couple is still going strong.
But while Jinger has developed into the same sort of doting wife as her mother and older sisters, she’s also undergone a number of other changes that no one in her family would have ever predicted.
These days, Jinger is known as her family’s resident rebel.
And while her acts of defiance may seem incredibly tame to those of us outside of Tontitown, Arkansas, within Jinger’s inner circle, there’s been much fretting and pearl-clutching over the 23-year-old’s apparent disinterest in following in the footsteps of the other women in her family.
Jinger’s most obvious form of rebellion has been the rejection of her family’s strict dress code.
Before Jinger got hitched, all of Jim Bob and Michelle’s daughters continued to wear below-the-knee skirts at all times (even while playing sports or engaging in other outdoor activities) even after leaving the house.
Jinger not only wears pants, she’s been known to rock shorts on occasion and short (by Duggar standards) skirts:
That’s a photo that Jinger uploaded on Instagram this week, and while her hemline might fall a little higher than her parents would like, it’s a much more subtle form of rebellion that has fans talking.
Jinger captioned the photo with lyrics from the 1965 song “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole:
“L is for the way you look at me O is for the only one I see V is very, very extraordinary E is even more than anyone that you adore can,” she wrote.
Sure, it’s not like Jinger is quoting Cardi B, but many longtime Duggar obsessives are still taken aback by her choice of song.
Why? Well, Jinger’s family generally eschews all forms of secular music.
Those familiar with the Duggars’ belief system say that non-religious music isn’t expressly forbidden, but note that young people are “strongly discouraged” to stick with hymns, and even Christian rock is considered potentially problematic.
“A song other then church music? Jinger u rebel!!” wrote one Instagram follower on Jinger’s photo.
“Gasp you’ve heard of this song?” commented another.
Like we said, Jinger’s not exactly scrawling Slayer lyrics on her walls in goat’s blood-red paint, but she’s still sending a message that the life she plans to live is not the one her parents mapped out for her.
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