The Royal Wedding and Kourtney Kardashian Visits D.C. to Help Pass Cosmetics Reform

The Royal Wedding

By Ryan Hammel

This year’s Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of Wales will be on May 19, 2018. The couple announced their engagement on November 27th, 2017. The wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Following the service, the couple will travel around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, providing an opportunity for members of the public to see them and join in with the celebrations.

Meghan Markle, the bride, is an American actress. Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in theatre and international studies in 2003, she played small roles in several American television series. From 2011 to 2018, she portrayed Rachel Zane on the legal drama series Suits for seven seasons. As previously mentioned, she became engaged to Prince Harry in November 2017, and announced her retirement from acting and her intention to pursue humanitarian work.

When Markle was only 11 years old, she wrote a letter to Hillary Clinton and a soap manufacturer, to address a sexist advert. The advert for Ivory dishwasher soap caught her eye because of its gender-specific language. The voiceover said “women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.” She found using solely “women” was offensive, so she reached out and successfully got the slogan changed to “people.” Meghan Markle’s assertive feminist actions starting at such a young age set an example for women worldwide to speak up and take action.

As the royal “rules and traditions” are strict, Meghan Markle again has spoken up about matters she wanted changed, since it is, in fact, her wedding. For example, conventionally the father walks the bride down the aisle, however, Markle will have both of her parents, as they are divorced.

Kourtney Kardashian Visits D.C. to Help Pass Cosmetics Reform

By Chloe Cornell

Kourtney Kardashian visited Capitol Hill to encourage cosmetics-reform and show support for the Personal Care Products Safety Act.  It has been 80 years since Congress passed any legislation relating to the safety of product ingredients in cosmetics.  The bill was written by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins to empower the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) to have authority over the cosmetics industry, and protect consumers from toxic ingredients or unsafe cosmetic products. This is an important issue as according to health-conscious beauty company Beauty Counter’s website, “Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date.” Cosmetic reform is supported by both Democrats and Republicans as well as big beauty companies.  Beauty Counter’s CEO Gregg Renfrew said in a statement, “We applaud Kourtney Kardashian as she joined our fight on Capitol Hill today. We need more people who are willing to lend their voices to the better beauty movement in order to get credible, meaningful reform across the finish line.”

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