[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ennis superstar Serena Williams caused an internet sensation on Sunday by posing topless for a video while singing “I Touch Myself” to raise awareness for breast cancer.
In the Instagram video, Williams is seen covering her breasts with her hands and singing a version of Australian band The Divinyls’ 1991 hit in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia.
Williams wrote, “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, all around the world. Early detection is key — it saves so many lives,” read her post further.
The song was co-written by Divinyls Australian vocalist Chrissy Amphlett who herself died of breast cancer five years ago at 53.
“The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honour 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,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion.
The video has surfaced online less than three weeks after her outrage at the US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka, where Williams smashed a racquet and accused an umpire of sexism.
Serena Williams, who turned 37 on September 26, pulled out of this week’s China Open in Beijing to bring a premature end to her 2018 season.