Serena Williams posed topless and sang a song The Divinyls’s global hit ‘I Touch Myself’ for a breast cancer awareness campaign, a video of which she posted on her social media handle.
Serena Williams has not played tennis since the controversial US Open final, where she lost to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, and later accused referee Carlos Ramos of sexism.
Serena and her older sister Venus Williams did not feature in the China Open draw with speculations rife that the 23-time Grand Slam champion has wrapped up the 2018 season.
For the last three years, Serena has not played a single tournament after the US Open and and she has not competed in China since 2014.
However, Serena continued to make her presence felt as she picked another women’s issue and decided to go “out of my comfort zone” in order to spread awareness about the issue “that affects all women of all colors, all around the world”.
“This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’ve recorded a version of The Divinyls global hit “I Touch Myself” to remind women to self-check regularly,” Serena wrote on Instagram.
“Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colors, all around the world. Early detection is key – it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that.
“The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honor of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer, and who gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first. The project is proudly supported by @BerleiAus for Breast Cancer Network Australia,” Serena concluded.
Fans poured Serena’s social media with appreciation, applauding her for taking a brave step for a major issue that is troubling women all around the world.
“Sometimes, the most important messages are delivered when we are uncomfortable. Thank you,” a user greeneyez218 wrote on Instagram.
A user by the name of pjamapant shared her story of surviving the breast cancer and thanked Serena for coming up with this video to raise and talk about an important issue.
“Amazing @serenawilliams. Thank you for doing this. As a young woman of color a self exam saved my life when I was only 32. I am a survivor for more than 13 years now.”
User hollisramsay5 also thanked Serena for using her stature for spread awareness about an important issue and said early detection of breast cancer can save a lot of lives.
“Thanks for using your stature to help others and to encourage women that it’s not only ok but preventative measures can detect #breastcancer early and #savelives.”