Wearing a specific item of clothing may not be a big deal for most people, but it’s a massive turnaround for Anna.
The WOACB channel, which reports on Duggar news and gossip, had received an email from an excited follower who had spotted Anna in Missouri. According to the follower, Anna and her daughters were all wearing pants.
Fans of 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On know the Duggars followed a strict dress code when they were growing up. To maintain modesty, women and girls were only allowed to wear skirts and dresses. Of course, because Anna married into the family, this rule applied to her as well, meaning this recent reveal was absolutely big news.
The Duggars Are Big On Dresses For Girls
In their 2014 book, Growing Up Duggar, the girls explained the reasoning behind the rules. Their parents believed that what they wore was connected to their religious values.
“We do not dress modestly because we are ashamed of the body God has given us; quite the contrary,” they said. “We realize that our body is a special gift from God and that He intends for it to be shared only with our future husband,” the girls explained.
As time has passed, it’s a rule some of the girls have abandoned. Jinger and Jill have both worn pants and shorts as they grew older, but despite the relaxation around the dress code, Anna has stayed within the rules set by her in-laws and taught her daughters the same.
Supporters say Anna’s husband Josh insisted that she continue to stay within the strict laws imposed by her parents.
And that’s why Anna’s supporters are so excited. They believe that the reality star stepping away from the strict rules around clothing may symbolize that she is taking a step towards more personal freedom. And they think it’s because Josh is in jail.
Josh Duggar Will Be Behind Bars For A Long Time
On May 25, 2022, the former reality personality was convicted on two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. He was sentenced to 151 months in prison. That’s more than 12 years.
He also faces 20 years of probation after he’s released, plus he has to pay a number of fines.
It’s been a difficult time for Anna, who now has to take care of the couple’s seven children on her own.
Anna’s supporters are hoping her abandonment of the dress code means she may be taking a step towards leaving Josh. The couple met at a homeschooling convention in 2006 and married two years later. Seven years later, Josh confessed that he had cheated on Anna. Despite his confession, Anna stayed with her husband.
After the post on Without A Crystal Ball, one Duggar critic posted: “Who wears the pants now, Josh??” alongside a clapping hands emoji.
But while many hope the move signifies a turning point for Anna, others say her religious beliefs will never allow her to leave her husband. Certainly, they don’t think she’ll ever divorce Josh, no matter what he’s done.
And according to reports, even though Josh’s cousin Amy has begged Anna to leave him, she’ll never consider a new life with another man. In fact, supporters are wondering whether Anna will move the family closer to where Josh has been incarcerated.
Anna Does Seem To Be Enjoying A Little More Freedom
With Josh in prison, Anna certainly does seem to be spreading her wings a little. During the trial, she kept a low profile, but she’s recently been seen at a number of events.
Supporters were excited when they spotted Anna attending the matrimonial ceremony of Jeremiah Duggar and Anna Wissman. They were also impressed by her amazing outfit and hairdo when she attended her friend Gabrielle Patton’s vow renewal ceremony.
Fans are hoping these are all signs that she’ll move on and leave Josh behind her.
Outraged fans took to social media when it came out that she was secretly spending nights with Josh during the trial. Restrictions had been placed on the reality star, who was not allowed contact with his children.
But it appeared Anna, who at the time was expecting the couple’s 7th child, was secretly visiting her husband, often staying the night.
The next 12 years will be long ones for Josh. While his life will be lived away from the glare of the spotlight, Anna’s won’t. It remains to be seen how her life will change, and fans will be watching.
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