Serena Williams bares all and sings "I Touch Myself" in new video for a special cause

By Jessica Pollack

Serena Williams stepped out of her comfort zone this week by baring all as she sings a sultry version of the Divinyls "I Touch Myself." Clearly a woman of many talents, the 37-year-old athlete shows off her beautiful voice as the camera pans down to reveal that she's topless - and best of all, it's for a very important cause. "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," she says in the caption, referring to the practice of checking their breasts for lumps.

"Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone," the award-winning tennis player revealed, "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." Serena is setting a wonderful example for her little girl, Alexis Olympia, who recently turned one. But her daughter wasn't the only woman on the star's mind.

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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

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The striking video, which has racked up more than 2 million views, is part of a project that pays tribute to the singer behind the '90s hit, who lost her life to the disease in 2013. "The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honor of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett," Serena continued, "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." The world champion is also helping to promote Berlei's The Chrissy bra, which includes an option for women who have had mastectomies.

Serena opened up about her own health struggles to Vogue this year as she posed for the cover with Alexis Olympia. After the baby's heart rate dropped, the new mom had an emergency C-section before laying eyes on her daughter for the first time. "That was an amazing experience," she said. "And then everything went bad.” A series of complications included blood clots on her lungs and six weeks in bed.

Serena struggled with her health following her daughter's birth. Photo: © Instagram/@serenawilliams

"No one talks about the low moments—the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry," she revealed of the rollercoaster of emotions she went through in the early months of motherhood. "I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times. Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby? The emotions are insane.”

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