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JoJo Siwa is known for her colorful style and bubbly, kid-friendly music, but if you’ve been following the news lately, you might have heard that the 16-year-old’s makeup set sold at Claire’s isn’t quite as squeaky-clean as her image.
In the latest asbestos-at-Claire’s controversy (unfortunately, there have been several in recent years), certain batches of Claire’s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set tested positive for asbestos, prompting the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to release an alert on June 6 informing consumers that it was being recalled and should stop being used by anyone who owns it.
In response to the latest FDA warning, Claire’s released a statement to Today the next day. “Claire’s Stores, Inc. has voluntarily recalled the JoJo Cosmetic Kit out of an abundance of caution after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated the possible presence of trace amounts of asbestos fibers in the powder eyeshadow element of the kit,” a company spokesperson said in an email to a Today reporter. “Claire’s stands behind the safety of this item and all other Claire’s cosmetic items, as such small trace amounts are considered acceptable under European and Canadian cosmetic safety regulations…In addition, last year Claire’s moved to talc-free cosmetic manufacturing to prevent any further concerns about talc contamination. Claire’s also supports increased FDA oversight of personal care products. We will provide a full refund to any customers who purchased the product.”
And now, Siwa herself is speaking out about the ordeal in a new YouTube video posted on Saturday, June 15, titled “My Makeup.” After walking onscreen and letting out a sigh, the pop star laughs, saying, “I was going to start this video all serious and dramatic, but that’s not who I am, that’s not what this video is about.” But then she does get a little more serious, telling viewers, “Recently, it’s been brought up to my attention that there’s been a problem with one of my products in Claire’s stores, with one of the JoJo makeup products, and I just want to let everyone know that no matter what, safety is myself and Nickelodeon’s number-one priority in everything, in every product, and everything out there.”
Siwa explains that she trusted in other people when it came to making the product in question, and now they’re working “really, really, really hard to make sure this product is recalled and off all shelves, and also that anyone who has this product — you can get a refund” whether or not it’s been used.
“I just wanted to let you guys know the situation,” Siwa says, wrapping up the short clip. “I hope you understand, and thank you for understanding, because it is serious to me, and it means a lot to me because it is my name, and it is my brand, and it is my face — quite literally.”
Watch the full video below: