Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West met with Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday (Thursday NZT) to make a star-powered case for prison reform and advocate on behalf of a great-grandmother serving a life sentence.
According to a report from Vanity Fair, Kardashian learned of the plight of 62-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother now serving jail time for a low level offence, and chose to lend her star power to the cause.
"I would explain to [Trump] that, just like everybody else, we can make choices in our lives that we're not proud of and that we don't think through all the way", Kardashian West shared. She was wearing the same black suit when she attended the Oval Office meeting earlier in the day, in which she meant to discuss prison reform and a pardon for incarcerated first-time drug offender Alice Marie Johnson.
Kardashian West took interest in Johnson's case after her story went viral past year.
President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of what he described as a "great meeting" with Kim Kardashian to talk about prison reform and sentencing. In the heartfelt call, Kardashian West wished Johnson a happy birthday, and said warmly, "You would have been proud of us today".
She hopes to meet the president during her visit.
"Ms. Kardashian you are literally helping to save my life and restore me to my family", she wrote.
Fixing tough sentencing laws had been a priority of president Barack Obama's administration, but he failed to win Congressional support, prompting a stream of presidential pardons and clemency actions.
At a point when Kardashian was pregnant with her first child in 2013, Trump felt moved to comment on her appearance again, opining, "She's gotten a little bit large". The caption? "Kim Kardashian visits White house, gets president to focus".
According to Johnson's daughters, the process has sped up considerably since Mrs Kardashian West's involvement.
"We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she - and so many like her - will get a second chance at life", the statement said.
Barnett said the Johnson team is grateful to Kardashian West for bringing attention to her case, specifically, and to prison reform in general.
During the bitter 2016 election, Kardashian backed Trump's arch-rival Hillary Clinton. "Today is for you", adding the prayer hands emoji.
But here's the biggest question: Why didn't any of us see this coming?