Does Jessa Duggar’s Appearance on Another TLC Show Suggest She’s Changing Her Beliefs?
If you haven’t had your fill of the Duggar family just yet, you will get a chance to catch Jessa Duggar on another TLC show. Jessa, who married Ben Seewald in 2014, will make an appearance on Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. Jessa isn’t searching for a dress for herself or one of her sisters, or even a future wife for one of her brothers. Instead, she’ll be helping her husband’s sister, Jessica, find a dress for her wedding. The appearance has caught the interest of several family followers because Jessica doesn’t adhere to the same strict belief system that Jessa was raised in. Could this mean she’s changing her stance on important issues?
Who is Ben Seewald’s sister Jessica?
Ben’s younger sister, Jessica Lester, is an Arkansas police officer. She doesn’t adhere to the Duggar family’s strict belief system and has broken several major Duggar family rules. Not only does Jessica have a job outside the home, but she went the more mainstream route of dating her future husband instead of courting. Jessica’s husband, Phillips Lester, is also a police officer, according to People.
Jessica’s Instagram page is filled with all sorts of activities that are considered verboten by the Duggar family. She wears shorts, she drinks wine, and she isn’t afraid to show off her impressive physique. Jessica also appears to enjoy spending time with Jill Duggar. Jill has largely been excommunicated by her own family. They haven’t mentioned her existence in over two years.
Why do Duggar family followers believe Jessa is changing her views?
Jessa’s willingness to appear on the show, when Jessica was clearly interested in trying out dresses that didn’t adhere to the Duggar family’s modesty rules, has some fans questioning whether or not she’s changing her views. In past years, Jessa and her family would have primarily avoided someone like Jessica. After all, they tend to stick close to home and actively avoid people who don’t follow the same ultra-conservative Christian beliefs.
For fans hoping to see Jessa break free, this seemed like a big step. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Ben and Jessa will be subscribing to a more liberal lifestyle anytime soon. Save for her appearance on the show, Jessa still strongly believe in courtship, has plans to homeschool her children, and doesn’t wear pants or any clothing that is considered revealing. She also follows the Duggar tradition of not using birth control and cutting her family’s hair at her dining room table to save some cash.
When will the episode air?
The newest season of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta will premier in March 2020, according to The Hollywood Life. Jessica’s episode doesn’t have an official air date, but followers believe she’ll appear in one of the first episodes of the season. Jessica tied the knot in May 2019 and went dress shopping months before that, so the footage was likely filmed early on in the season.
According to the trailer, Jessa did try to get Jessica to consider some more modest dress options, but her choice, while not adhering to the Duggar’s modesty rules, is genuinely a gorgeous dress. Jessica has shared several photos from her wedding on Instagram, and a modest wedding gown didn’t win out.
Jessa might have a better shot at a modest dress with another Seewald sister. Michelle Seewald recently announced her engagement. At just 18-years-old, Michelle appears to be following conservative modesty and courtship rules much more closely.