Serena Williams has decided to use her body in a campaign to for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The world-class tennis player went topless and sang a cover of Divinyls’ song I Touch Myself.
Williams uploaded the clip on Instagram, where she accompanied it with a caption:
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.
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 [sic], all around the world. Early detection is key - it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that.
She added that she wants women to ‘self-check regularly.’
‘Early detection is key – it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that,’ she added.
The video is part of the I Touch Myself Project, to honour Divinyls’ lead singer Chrissy Amphlett, who died of breast cancer in 2013.
Thousands of people praised Williams for her voice, as well as her support of those with breast cancer. One person, who had suffered from breast cancer in the past, commented on the video:
Amazing! I love love love this. I can’t stop listening to it. Had breast cancer. thank you
Set, match. Brilliantly done. THANK YOU!!! From a person who appreciates you from a different point of view a Breast Cancer Survivor. Your strength is inspiring.
According to the World Health Organisation, in 2018, it is estimated that 627,000 women died from breast cancer – that is approximately 15 per cent of all cancer deaths among women.