Josiah Duggar’s future wife, 17-year-old Marjorie Jackson, hasn’t appeared on an episode of 19 Kids and Counting yet. However, the teen is starting to get a taste of what it’s like to be a member of the Duggar clan — her motives for courting Josiah are already being questioned, and her fashion choices are being scrutinized.
SheKnows recently criticized Marjorie Jackson’s demeanor in the courtship announcement video that she and 18-year-old Josiah Duggar filmed for TLC. Marjorie is extremely enthusiastic in the video, and the peppy future fundie princess acts an awful lot like the star of a web series or television show aimed at teens. SheKnows speculated that Marjorie might be excited about courting Josiah Duggar simply because she wants to be on TV.
“By courting a Duggar, Marjorie is basically ensuring she’ll appear on the family’s TLC reality series, 19 Kids and Counting, and based on this announcement video, we can’t help but wonder if she’s excited more about getting to know Josiah or working on her already-apparent acting chops,” Christina Marfice writes.
In the intense video below, Josiah Duggar’s future bride shows off some impressive facial gymnastics while she claps her hands together and does a bit about which “J”-named male she has entered into a courtship with. She and Josiah then explain what a courtship is, even though most 19 Kids and Counting fans know by now that courtship is basically a pre-engagement — viewers have already witnessed four of them, and they’ve all ended in marriages. While talking to his older brother Josh, poor Josiah says that courtships aren’t fun — they’re “purposeful.”
To be fair, it’s possible that TLC orchestrated the video above. At the end of the video, Josiah Duggar tells fans to tune in to 19 Kids and Counting to keep updated on his courtship. As the Inquisitr previously reported, TLC also turned Jill Duggar’s birth video into an ad even though it was filmed right after she endured a grueling 70 hours of labor.
Marjorie Jackson is definitely an ambitious girl, so maybe she’s hoping that being on 19 Kids and Counting will lead to big future opportunities. According to PEOPLE, the high school student is already taking college-level graphic design classes, so she might actually attend college someday. So far, none of Josiah Duggar’s sisters have been allowed to leave home to pursue a college education. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Marjorie is already the author of a book titled The Greatest Book You’ve Never Read: Why the Bible Is Not Only Exciting, But It Will Change Your Life! As Bustle reports, Marjorie is wearing jeans in one of the only photos on the book’s Facebook page.
“This is huge!” Nicole Pomarico writes of the photo above. The Duggar daughters hardly ever wear pants, especially blue jeans. In a TLC blog post, Michelle Duggar revealed that her daughters stick to skirts because she believes that girls should be “dressed modestly, and in clothes that are definitely more feminine apparel.” During an interview with Popsugar, Michelle claimed that her daughters don’t have to wear skirts and dresses if they don’t want to.
“As far as wearing dresses, skirts and things, that was a conviction that the Lord placed on my heart and he knew the struggles of my heart from growing up Whether my girls continue that in their lives, it’s up to them.”
Marjorie is wearing a dress that the Duggar family would definitely approve of in the Instagram photo below. 19 Kids and Counting fans will be interested to see if Marjorie continues to dress more like a Duggar daughter that she’s dating a member of the family.
Marjorie is already using her fame to meet “celebrities.” The Duggar Little Ladies Facebook page recently shared the photo below that shows Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson posing with Tom Cotton, the junior Senator from Arkansas, who made a name for himself by trying to derail a nuclear deal with Iran by sending a letter to Iranian leaders. He has also expressed his belief that gay people shouldn’t be worried about being discriminated against — they should just be thankful that they aren’t being executed for being gay.
Do you think that Marjorie Jackson is putting on an act and using Josiah Duggar for fame?
[Image credit: Josiah Duggar/Instagram]