Kim Kardashian West has made headlines recently, and this time, it is not for her reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Thursday, June 13, Kardashian West returned to the White House to speak on criminal justice reform and a ride-share program with Lyft to help former prisoners get to-and-from job interviews and work.

In Kardashian West’s speech, she explained how her passion for criminal justice reform began and what she plans on doing to improve the lives of ex-prisoners being released early under the First Step Act.  “These people want to work,” she said. “They want the best outcome, and I’m so happy to be here today among people who want the same thing and that really believe in supporting their re-entry [into the workforce].”

About one year ago, Kardashian West visited the White House for the first time to meet with President Donald Trump and discuss prison reform, specifically granting clemency to Alice Marie Johnson who had served over 20 years in prison for a non-violent drug offense.

After this visit, she told Vogue in an interview that she began a law apprenticeship to prepare for the bar, which she plans on taking in 2022. “I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society,” she stated. “I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.”

It is not unusual to see celebrities voice their opinions on current events; however, Kardashian West’s activism stands out from the rest.

While many celebrities like to post their opinions online or talk about them in videos, Kardashian West is actually taking action to advance her cause. It is clear that she actually cares about criminal justice reform. She is not just taking a position to virtue signal for attention like many other celebrities nowadays.

It is also clear that she is truly passionate about criminal justice reform because she was willing to risk her reputation by meeting with Trump, who is extremely unpopular in Hollywood, in order to help prisoners.

In an interview on CNN with Van Jones, Kardashian West discusses her decision to meet with the president. “So many times people would say to me, ‘Don’t go to the White House, your career will be over, don’t go there,’” she said. “And I just kind of weighed the decision where it was like … to save a life or to get maybe bad tweets about me or a bad news story for a few days. I guarantee you the people sitting behind bars do not care who the president is. They just want that relief. And so if I could have done that, I don’t care.”

It is not only admirable that the reality TV star jeopardized her reputation to help advance criminal justice reform, but also that she was willing to meet with someone who disagrees with her on many political issues, which is also so rare today. This is a great example of bipartisanship, which should occur more often than it does.

Kardashian West is also admirable for how she is handling hate thrown her way over her newfound passion. One comment she addressed in particular is how she was told to “stay in [her] lane” after announcing that she is studying law. She wrote a long Instagram caption responding to comments like this. “I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals,” she stated. “You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are.”

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This is a great message for anyone who has been told they should stay in their lane or that they are not good enough to achieve something. She may be known for her reality TV show, but that does not mean she needs to be placed in a box. While she may be famous and wealthy, this message is relatable to anyone.

Kim Kardashian West is doing a fantastic job using her power for good and helping prisoners get a second chance at life. We need more celebrities like her who are truly passionate about their causes and not just following the crowd.

Rose L