Jinger Duggar has starred on the TLC reality show Counting On since it debuted in 2008. Duggar, who is the sixth child of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, was in her mid-teens when the cameras intruded on her everyday life.
Although Duggar is used to it now, there was a time when she felt uncomfortable about all the fame and being “display” at such a young age.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar became famous in the early 2000s for having so many children. Soon, there were special TV programmes featuring the family. And when TLC realised that people wanted to follow the Duggars, they approached them to do reality shows.
For years, cameras have followed the Duggar family. They’ve captured lots of weddings, new babies, even a few deaths. They’ve also captured the struggles surrounding Josh Duggar’s 2015 sexual abuse scandal. And on top of that, they helped fans understand the tensions between family members, such as Jill Duggar and her parents.
Now, more than a decade later, the family is still showing their lives – not only on TV, but also on social media.
Counting On: Jinger Felt Like She Was On ‘display’ When She First Started Filming
Jinger Duggar was about 15 when Counting On premiered 13 years ago. Since then we have seen her grow up, get married and start her own family. But when the cameras started rolling, Duggar’s life changed fast – and she wasn’t quite ready for it.
In Duggar’s new book, he reveals that life “couldn’t have prepared her” for the “flood gates” that opened as his family became better known.
Duggar says his brothers and sisters were also confused by the fame, but his mother always told him to be kind to the fans they met. Duggar also added that he thought it was funny that fans called him a rebel because she “wanted nothing more than to please my own parents”.