AceShowbiz - Reality TV star and beauty entrepreneur Kourtney Kardashian was in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 24, urging top politicians to consider changing make-up laws. The eldest Kardashian sister made an appearance before the United States Congress on Capitol Hill to discuss cosmetics reform alongside New Jersey Senator Frank Pallone Jr., who has been calling for new rules to regulate the ingredients in make-up and personal care products.
"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star Kourtney, who filed a trademark in January for her forthcoming Kourt beauty brand, told reporters ahead of her afternoon meeting she first became aware of the unsafe ingredients in beauty products in 2009, after welcoming her son Mason.
"When I had my first son, I started really learning so much about the foods that I was feeding him and it just kind of all snowballed," she explained at the press briefing. "As a mum, you really take so much interest in the products... and it's so crazy. I was thinking about it this morning. I would get so many baby gifts and a lot of it were products (sic), skincare products for my kids."
"And I would use the things that people sent me just assuming these are baby products and that they should be safe. I remember learning from my mum Kris Jenner's friends that these were not healthy at all."
Kourtney started doing more research on her own that led her to get involved with bosses at the Environmental Working Group, an organisation specialising in advocacy to avoid the use of toxic chemicals.
"Even going into a store to buy just about anything... you shouldn't have to walk around aimlessly asking, 'Is this OK? Is this not OK?,' " Kourtney shared. "Everybody should have the right to healthy products. I do feel like it's time for Congress to do its job."
In addition to her in-person lobbying efforts, Kourtney has teamed up with the Environmental Working Group on a new #BeautyMadeBetter campaign, to spread awareness about their legislative efforts.
Representative Pallone previously explained the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) laws are "obsolete," revealing during a subcommittee hearing in January the legislation hasn't been updated for 80 years since the original Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.
Meanwhile, Kourtney is one of the last Kardashian sisters to step into the make-up industry, following in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty brand and half-sibling Kylie Jenner's company, Kylie Cosmetics. Kourtney visited Congress on the same day she launched the new limited edition collection of eyeshadows and lipsticks she created for her baby sister's Kylie Cosmetics firm.