By Richard Hack
Kaila Methven, who is the heiress to the Kentucky Fried Chicken fortune and a lingerie designer to the rich and famous, has pledged to raise $1 million to help employ LGBTQ+ people left jobless by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methven’s company, PLUR (Peace Love Unity Respect), produces Madame Maven lingerie, as well as a circuit party clothing line called Special K. Methven has promised to hire LGBTQ+ people, as well as people in alcohol recovery and survivors of domestic abuse, to work as independent contractors.
“The Independent Contractor Program primarily assists the unemployed and disenfranchised members of the LGBTQ+ community, the domestic violence survivor community of both men and women, and the sober living community community,” said Methven.
Kaila Methven’s grandfather founded Rainbow Chicken Unlimited, the company that acquired KFC in the 1980s.
“Giving people opportunities to work for themselves in the fashion industry and learning the ‘ins and outs’ while they learn about clothing, lingerie, and art has developed and really improved every aspect of the PLUR Association,” Methven was quoted by multiple sources.
She added that the PLUR Association seeks to foster recognition of the need for respect, diversity, inclusion, and equality for people of all gender identities and sexualities in the workplace.