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Curvy Model Mercy Watson Features In Stunning David's Bridal Ads

12/18/2015 06:44 EST | Updated 12/18/2015 06:59 EST

The pressure to slim down is one that many brides face before their weddings.

U.S.-based retailer David's Bridal has taken a step to relieve that pressure by casting stunning model Mercy Watson in its campaign for spring 2016.


Watson is a size 14, which is the average customer size for David's Bridal, Glamour reported.

She features in some beautiful snaps that were captured in London, as the designer expands into the U.K.

"I'm so proud to be part of an ad campaign that helps all women celebrate such an exciting milestone in our lives and it's really been an honour to work with a brand that sees the beauty in women of all shapes and sizes," Watson told TODAY.

David's Bridal CCO Trevor Lunn told BuzzFeed that it was important for the company to reflect the diversity of its customers in its campaign.

“It wasn’t that this season was precisely the right time to feature a size 14 model — it’s something we should have been doing all along," he said.

It's not the first time that David's Bridal has used a curvy model in a campaign.

Last year, it featured size 14 model Candice Huffine, who was also photographed for the most recent Pirelli calendar.

Watson is repped by Bella Management, which also has worked with fellow Australian curvy model Robyn Lawley.

But neither are just models. They're also body-image activists who have spoken out on the importance of self-acceptance.

"It's extremely important to accept and love your body, this is why it's so important to have body diversity in the fashion industry," Watson said in a Popsugar story from last year.

"The message should be that all different sizes and shapes are beautiful."

Here are more photos of Mercy Watson, from her Instagram:

French Lace for @laredoutefr ✖️✖️✖️ #wheninparis #healthnotsize

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on



Sneaky bts snap while shooting amazingness with @knutwoerner 💦💦💦 #sky #bts #capetown

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


Hiding from rays poolside✨✨✨ #sunshine #southafrica

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


Shades of Sydney Summer 🍋🌺🌴 #summeriscoming

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


Byron Magic ✨✨✨ #love

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


All the feels ✔️✔️✔️ #brooklyn #bts #blackandwhite @nowserving @modernmusesnyc

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


The best thing about shooting on location is getting salty at the end of the day💖💖💖 #beachbabebikini

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


My Nana always told me that freckles are sun kisses ✖️✖️✖️ #naturalbeauty

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on



I didn't choose the beach life, the beach life chose me🌺😻🌊☀️🌴 #beachlife😹😹😹

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


White lace in paradise 🐚💕🌊 #beautiful

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


Popping my Ibiza Cherry 🍒🍒🍒 #lastdaysofsummer #lovelife

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


Having one of those days when I wish I could spend all day lounging around in my underwear☁️☁️☁️

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


Just causally chilling out relaxing at home in my Parisian apartment... As you do💁💟🙊 @laredoutefr

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


Good Morning Brooklyn 💖🔛😽 #happymonday #nyc

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


Brooklyn when it Sizzles🔥🔥🔥 by @lililand

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


Feeling very Marilyn in my Halter and Hat 💕💕💕 @laredoutefr #beachbabe

A photo posted by Mercy Watson (@mercyrosewatson) on


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