A video of two Amish girls buying swimsuits for the ‘first time’ has captured the hearts of thousands, as fans praise their grandmother for being so ‘progressive.’
Return to Amish stars Rosanna Miller, 18, and Maureen Byler, 19, were filmed bathing suit shopping in Florida with their grandmother Ada Byler for the 16th season of the TLC reality series.
Footage from the episode that originally aired in April in the U.S. was shared on TLC UK’s YouTube channel last Friday and has been viewed more than 847,000 times.
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Big step: Return to Amish stars Rosanna Miller, 18, and Maureen Byler, 19, were filmed bathing suit shopping with their grandmother during the show’s 16th season
Selection: The teens modeled a variety of suits, trying both one-pieces and bikinis
The girls, who grew up in strict Amish communities, were understandably apprehensive when the sales associate Claudia showed them the swimsuit area of the store.
‘Being Amish, the girls are supposed to be covered up, like they’re not allowed to show their skin or anything,’ Rosanna explained in her testimonial.
When Maureen caught sight of a bandeau-style bikini top, she asked: ‘Don’t your boobs fall out?’ She said she wouldn’t be buying a two-piece because she wasn’t ‘ready to show off my goodies.’
Shopping for swimsuits was somewhat mindboggling for the girls, who weren’t even allowed to wear patterns in the Amish communities they left behind. Almost all of their clothes were made for them.
Neither Maureen nor Rosanna knew what size they wore, and Ada suggested they try their underwear size because panties are the only things the Amish buy in stores.
Easing into things: Maureen and Rosanna grew up in strict Amish communities and were apprehensive at first, but the sales associate helped make them comfortable
Getting into it: Rosanna told Maureen she looked ‘sexy’ when she stepped out in a navy one-piece with a plunging neckline
Choices: Maureen ended up choosing a hunter green one piece, while Rosana went for a striped bikini
‘I’m really nervous wearing something this skimpy,’ Maureen confessed in her testimonial. ‘I’m scared.’
Claudia hooked them up with a mix of flattering one-pieces and bikinis. While helping Rosanna in the dressing room, she kindly suggested she consider a bikini wax now that she would be wearing swimsuits.
‘This swimsuit shows places that I thought no one would ever see except for my husband on my wedding night,’ Rosanna said.
Claudia and Ada gave the girls plenty of love when they stepped out of their respective dressing rooms in their first round of bathing suits.
‘Damn, you look sexy,’ Rosanna told Maureen.
Maureen ended up picking out a one-piece while Rosanna went with a two-piece style that bared her stomach. Ada said she was happy with both of the girls’ choices, saying they looked ‘really cute.’
Looking good: The sales associate also convinced the girls’ grandmother Ada to try on a suit herself, which she ended up getting
Aww: The video ended with Ada and her granddaughters showing off their new suits while taking a dip in the ocean
Viral: Fans had a lot of feelings about the clip, with many sharing how happy they are to see Rosanna and Maureen experiencing new things
Claudia also convinced Ada to try on a suit herself, which she ended up getting.
‘If the bishop found out we all bought swimming suits, we’d all get shunned,’ she noted, ‘because the Amish don’t wear bathing suits, and they don’t show their skin like that.’
The video ended with Ada and her granddaughters showing off their new suits while taking a dip in the ocean.
Fans had a lot of feelings about the clip, with many sharing how happy they are to see Rosanna and Maureen experiencing new things.
‘These girls are so sweet! It’s not easy literally changing almost every part of the way you live your life,’ one viewer commented. ‘These girls are brave, smart, open-minded, and I love that they don’t [lose] themselves along the way.’
Wait, what? However, others were quick to notice that Rosanna was already sporting tan lines when she was trying on the suits, meaning the scene was likely staged
Explanation? One YouTuber said that ‘these girls left the Amish a while ago,’ explaining that ‘some of these ”first time” videos are staged, hence the tan lines’
‘Ahhh I wish I could be friends with them. I feel like I’d be able to teach them about fashion that’s more mainstream but still covers up.,’ someone else added. ‘There’s so many cute clothing options that are still conservative.’
Another wrote: ‘God bless grandma for being progressive.’
However, other eagle-eyed viewers were quick to notice that Rosanna already had tan lines when she was trying on the swimsuits, which was also a point of contention when the episode first aired in the U.S.
‘If they don’t normally dress like that, how does Rosanna already have a bikini tan line?’ one person asked, while another added: ‘Rosanna already has tan lines, so she’s been showing skin somewhere…’
One YouTuber said that ‘these girls left the Amish a while ago,’ explaining that ‘some of these ”first time” videos are staged, hence the tan lines.’
‘But they were raised in the Amish community and did leave it,’ she added.