How do you imagine Michelle Duggar, the mother of 19 as a teenager? You would probably imagine long skirts and dresses covering up most of her skin but as it turns out, Michelle dressed quite a bit different than the way that her own teenage daughters dress.
In high school, Michelle wore very short skirts that showed lots of skin. She was apart of the cheerleading squad at her high school. Yes, the conservative was a cheerleader but also a gymnast too! The uniforms for these spots are known for their skin-bearing qualities. A person who went to school with Michelle said “she was a pretty, popular cheerleader.” The source also mentioned “the cheerleaders and football players all hung out and partied together, and she was part of that group.”
To tell the truth, Jim Bob was initially attracted to Michelle because she was a cheerleader. The pair started dating when Michelle was just 16 and although their relationship was getting to be serious they also started to get physical. Later Jim Bob confessed that “when Michelle and I were dating, we took things farther than we should have.” Making out with Jim Bob wasn’t the only time she broke her own parenting rules, however.
Michelle even used to mow the lawn in just a bikini. Although this isn’t quite an unusual thing, for the Duggar family it simply seems unbelievable. The Duggars are widely known for their conservative outfits that cover almost all the skin except for the arms. Actually, the Duggar men are not even allowed to look at women wearing bikinis! What changed for Michelle between teenagehood and becoming an adult?
In all honesty, the answer is most likely marriage. Jim Bob and Michelle were only teenagers when they got married. Over time their belief system became much stricter than when they were first dating. In the beginning of their marriage, they used birth control to avoid any chance of unplanned or unwanted or pregnancies. But once they suffered their miscarriage, after their first son was born, they blamed it on birth control and never used again resulting in eighteen more children.
Today, Michelle Duggar is very much a different person than she was as a teenager. Her beliefs, values, and guidelines seem to have wildly changed since her youth. As a matter of fact, we have to imagine her teenage self would be pretty surprised by the future Michelle’s rules. Michelle’s kids aren’t even loosed to dance, engage in physical intimacy beyond side-hugs (only two a day for three seconds each) before marriage, wear pants or even shorts, and swim in anything more revealing than a full-length dress. The teenage Michelle, with her cheer dances/routines, very short cheer skirts, bikinis in the front yard, and numerous boyfriends breaks pretty much every rule she has set for her kids. Undoubtedly, she used to live by her own rules and standards.
Written by Lily S
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