This week KFC announced that they have created chicken-flavored nail polish, inspired by the company’s slogan, “Finger Lickin’ Good.” In honor of Mother’s Day, we hear from the mother of the ad man who created the campaign.


Yes, yes, my son is the genius who created the new KFC chicken-flavored nail polish. Can you imagine a better gift for Mother’s Day? I mean, my son, an advertising creative, came up with the idea to sell fast food chicken by creating a brand of nail polish that you lick? As a mother I can tell you, these are the moments that parents live for.

Taylor was always very creative growing up. Constantly doodling and coming up with complicated lies about why he didn’t finish his homework. I always knew he was going to be something special. I was so proud when he started working at Ogilvy & Mather in New York, can you imagine? The big time in the big city! When he called to tell me that his boss said his flavored nail polish idea was tits (I guess that’s the language fancy New York hot-shots use these days!) I said, “Taylor, you’re a regular Don Draper!”

All a mother wants for her children is for them to lead happy, fulfilling lives. And yes, Taylor is thirty-nine and not married and yes, he’s not even close to owning a home, and yes, sometimes his father and I help him pay off his credit card bill, but just to know that he’s doing important work that KFC decided to use in an ad campaign? That’s the best feeling in the world.

This wasn’t the first ad campaign he’s done. I was proud of him when he created an app so that people who use Dove soap could share their skin care routines, and his father and I were very proud when some of his copy was used in a Google in-house presentation, but this chicken nail polish takes the cake. I mean, this is such a big deal, they even let him write all the copy: “The recipe for our edible nail polish is unique and was specifically designed to hold the flavor, but to also dry with a glossy coat similar to normal nail polish.” Poetry. The fact that this little genius is carrying on my genes warms my heart.

And I’m so glad Taylor’s chosen to do something really important with his life. He’s selling thousands of extra dollars of chicken with his work, helping out the wonderful people at the KFC corporation. My friend at church, Beth? Her daughter is taking improv classes and working as a secretary. That’s it. Can you imagine? How embarrassing. I’m so glad when people ask me how my children are, I can proudly reply, “David is still in prison, but Taylor has created a brand of chicken-flavored nail polish in order to advertise KFC.”

And best of all? There’s actually two separate flavors! Taylor told me that he really pushed for that in the meetings. There’s “Original” AND “Hot & Spicy.” Only my boy would think of something like that! I can’t wait to use it myself. I’ll keep licking my fingers all day, thinking about my amazing son and all the goodness he’s brought into the world. Happy Mother’s Day to me!

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