To date, Rob Lowe has been the only celebrity to suffer physical indignities in Grey's DirecTV campaign making fun of cable customers. But now he can add three famous supermodels to the mix—Hannah Davis, Chrissy Teigen and Nina Agdal, all of whom are made over to look quite a bit less supermodelish to portray cable users in print ads in the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Check out the series of seven ads below.
Like the Rob Lowe TV spots, this print work comes uncomfortably close to being mean-spirited—i.e., aren't ugly misfits just horrible? But they largely sidestep that charge because of the cartoonish execution. Plus, people tend to give props to any celeb who gamely agrees to look "ugly." (If you actually have shy bladder, though, or if you actually are a lunch lady—Agdal's ugly character—you might actually get pissed.)
We wrote about Snickers's great back cover of the new Swimsuit Issue, too. And interestingly, they're quite similar campaigns. (DirecTV's message is, basically, "You're not you when you have cable.") Perhaps it's no surprise that the two most famous campaigns that urge you to fight against uglier versions of yourself have found creative ways into this particular magazine all about perfection.