Kourtney Kardashian is lobbying congress over cosmetics safety
It's been a weird few weeks for the Kardashians. First, we had the whole drama with Khloe finding out that Tristan Thompson cheated on her literally hours before she gave birth to their first child, then we had Kanye tweeting up a storm about Donald Trump and flooding the internet with pictures of his house (much to Kim's dismay), and, following that, Kim herself caused some controversy by sharing pictures of her nude bod on social media for the millionth time.
But not every member of the notorious KarJenner family has been acting out recently. In fact, one of them has been doing something quite productive for a change: Kourtney Kardashian.
Setting aside her reality TV lifestyle for a moment, the oldest Kardashian daughter took up the task of campaigning for what she believed in. But she didn't just do so via a blog post or hashtag-strewn tweet. No, instead she took it all the way to the top, and joined a non-profit group in Washington DC to speak to Congress about the Personal Care Products Safety Act.
In a post on Instagram, she explained:
"I went to Capitol Hill with @environmentalworkinggroup yesterday to advocate for safer personal care products because everyone, including children deserve to be protected from chemicals in their products we know cause harm.
"It's time for Congress to do its job. Stand with me and take action today."
During the briefing with Congress, she went into detail about why she was so passionate about the safety of personal care products.
As it turns out, Kourtney's interest in cosmetics safety didn't really develop until she had her children.
"I would get so many baby gifts," she said. "And a lot of it was skin care products for my kids. I would use the things that people sent me just assuming these are baby products and that they should be safe. Some of them had a lot of toxic chemicals, so I just started researching myself."
In the course of her research, the mom-of-three found the Environmental Working Group and an app that they had created to help consumers understand exactly how safe their food or personal care products are. As great as this resource is, however, Kourtney understood that not everyone would have the time or resources to conduct this sort of research - and so she felt it was important to lobby Congress on the matter.
"It would be nice if there were laws to regulate so that the people running these businesses can have some standards of what to use," she said.
"The fact that we have to guess so much, even going into a store to buy anything … you shouldn’t walk around aimlessly wondering, 'Is this okay? Is not that okay?' Everybody should have the right to healthy products in personal care."
As much as we may knock the Kardashians for cruising through life, then, it seems that at least one of them is actually using her influence for a very positive reason. Plus, with the KUWTK star potentially bringing out her own makeup line soon, it'll be interesting to see what sort of rating her own products get.