In terms of her reputation and the way she’s perceived by the public, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for Jinger Duggar.
In a surprising turn of events, Jinger and husband Jeremy Vuolo have been criticized for their lavish lifestyle in response to recent social media posts.
Some fans have gone so far as to take issue with the way the couple earns a living, slamming the Vuolos for "selling their souls" by posting sponsored content.
Of course, if any of the Duggar kids have inherited Jim Bob’s knack for public relations, it’s Jinger.
So it should come as no surprise that Jinger has shifted into damage control mode and is currently doing everything she can to restore her reputation.
At least, that’s the way some fans are interpreting her latest Instagram Story.
Jinger recently posted this collage, in which she can be seen posing with a woman known to Duggar fans only as "Nana."
Raising 19 kids is no easy feat, and when the household chores proved to be too much for Michelle Duggar and her daughters (we know how male Duggars feel about "woman’s work"), the family called upon Nana.
“I want to take a moment to wish this gem a happy birthday! Nana was my piano teacher for 15 plus years, did my family’s laundry twice a week for 13 plus years, and she still faithfully writes me a handwritten letter every single month,” Jinger captioned the pics.
“The world needs more women like this one!”
Jinger also posted the above screenshot from a recent FaceTime session with Nana.
“So thankful for FaceTime,” she wrote.
“Got to celebrate this B-day girl today!”
It’s possible that Jinger is just paying tribute to one of her family’s most loyal employees on her birthday.
But on Reddit, many fans are convinced that the Nana shoutouts are Jinger’s way of informing the public that she hasn’t lost touch with her roots.
As you’re probably aware, Jinger lives in Los Angeles these days, and her "modern" lifestyle has drawn a lot of criticism from traditionalist Duggar fans.
Nana has been well-known to Duggar super-fans for quite some time, and it’s widely believed that Jinger is subtly sending the message that wherever she lives, she’ll still be a Duggar.
Michelle first mentioned Nana in her 2009 memoir, The Duggars: 20 and Counting!, which was published before little Josie made them a family of 21.
“It was 1:00 AM in the morning as I stood folding laundry with tears streaming down my cheeks. Feelings of being overwhelmed flooded my mind,” Michelle wrote.
“I cried aloud, ‘LORD I NEED YOUR HELP, I can’t do it all! I feel so inadequate!" she added.”
“Days later, I was at our piano teacher’s home (at 7 AM) trying to catch up on paperwork while the children were taking their lessons. Instead, I kept drifting off to sleep!” Michelle continued.
“The teacher noticed and asked, ‘Are you OK?’ I replied, ‘I’m fine, I’m just tired. I was up late finishing laundry.’”
Yes, the Nana origin story has the loving neighbor entering into the family’s service accidentally … and possibly without pay:
“As we talked more she said that she actually enjoyed doing laundry and that she would be glad to come and help me!" Michelle continued.
"That weekend when she arrived we had mountains of dirty laundry, and when she left we had nice, neat, orderly stacks of clean laundry!” she added.
“For 12 years now, our piano teacher, whom we consider a part of our family and loving call ‘NaNa’ has faithfully come (now twice a week) to help us with laundry! GOD sent ‘An angel’ in answer to my cry for help.”
Neither Michelle nor Jinger make any mention of what sort of financial compensation Nana receives.
But hopefully, she hasn’t been doing the family’s laundry for free all those years.
That revelation certainly wouldn’t help with Jinger’s efforts to protray herself as someone who empathizes with the plight of the working class.