You gotta love Serena Williams—how could you not? The tennis star who has gotten a ton of shit since her controversial emotional 2018 U.S. Open loss and for calling out sexism in tennis, recently went topless for a promotional video in support for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s giving me so much life!
In the video, Williams is not only totally topless (covering her breasts though) but sings “I Touch Myself” by Divinyls, which is now part of the I Touch Myself campaign. The whole concept behind the project is raise awareness and inform women on the importance of self-examination and paying more attention to what’s happening with their breasts to promote early detection.
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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. 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. _ Visit the link in my bio to find out more. #ITouchMyselfProject #BerleiAus #BCNA #DoItForYourself
Serena’s video left me completely shook. Am I the only person that didn’t know she sang? Williams voice is SO good she could legit put out a hit album if she wanted. I’m just saying. But what’s even more impressing than her vocal skills is how comfortable Williams is being topless in front of the camera.
“This put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects women of all colors, all around the world,” she wrote on Instagram. “Early detection is key—it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that.
Speaking of health issues affecting women of color, Williams has been pretty open about the health issues she developed following the birth of her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. and how so many women of color—black women in particular—are three times more likely to die in child birth than white women. Labor is killing black women and WOC at disproportionate rates and Williams really brought attention to that by talking about her own difficult labor and resulting health problems.
It’s inspiring to see the athlete becoming an advocate for women’s health—WOC health especially because at the end of the day our health really does come before everything. As for the video itself—now that’s just straight up fire! Williams teaches us something new about her everyday. Like that time she was featured in Beyonce’s “Sorry” video busting out the moves.