Kardashian takes on Congress for cosmetics regulations

Kourtney Kardashian recently traded in sun-soaked California for a trip to Washington, D.C. to take on Congress.

According to ELLE, Kardashian met with “several members of congress to lobby for better regulation of beauty products” through her work with the Environmental Working Group, which “currently has a big #beautymadebetter initiative pushing for federal law to ensure stricter screening of personal care products made with chemicals linked to cancer, allergies, and other harmful effects.”

With existing legislation unchanged since 1938ELLE says the eldest Kardashian sister has Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on her side, offering that the guidelines need a revamp to “ensure cosmetics are safe for the American people.”

As for Kardashian, this isn’t a new effort for her; in fact, she’s long been all about ‘clean’  and non-toxic cosmetics, even “going so far as to stop wearing deodorant and DIYing her own,” according to ELLE, and even making sure that products for her folded Kardashian Beauty line were paraben and sulfate-free.

Here’s hoping Congress keeps up with this Kardashian on making beauty products safer for all!

France outlaws frail models

A new law is going into effect in France that protects models from becoming too frail.

According to HuffPost, the law — passed in 2015 and enacted this year — not only bans “excessively thin fashion models,” it also requires models to get a “doctor’s certificate to prove they are healthy.”

BBC also reports that the newly-enacted law will specifically focus models’ Body Mass Index (BMI) in an effort to “fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty.”

But models aren’t the only ones subject to new regulation; HuffPost says that any and all photos of models that are “digitally-altered” have to be labelled as a “retouched photograph,” a demarcation that is required on all altered photos starting Oct. 1.

What happens if modeling agencies don’t comply with the new health standards? HuffPost says they can face up to $82,000 in fines and six months of jail time.