In the new clip, which has already been viewed about 1.5 million times, Serena Williams appears naked in front of the camera, only covering her breasts with her hands and singing a version the Divinyls’ hit song "I Touch Myself."
According to the 23-time Grand Slam champ, this performance was dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 2018; she wanted to remind women to self-check regularly, although it wasn’t an easy act for her.
“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,” she wrote on Instagram.
The video was recorded amid the I Touch Myself Project, for which Williams has teamed up with a bra manufacturer. It honors celebrated diva Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer.
The video has made a splash on Instagram and other social media outlets, leaving some netizens “almost in tears.”
You sing beautifully. I'm almost in tears.— The Jamael (@TheJamael) 29 сентября 2018 г.
Some were encouraged to share their stories.
Inspiring. Thank u Serena. I've lost family to Breast Cancer. This is IMPORTANT!— Kels (@zaynlove2016) 29 сентября 2018 г.
Same. Lost my mom and my sister. Miss and love them.— malexander (@MiMiAlexander31) 29 сентября 2018 г.
And promised to touch themselves in response.
Beautiful message and voice!! I promise to touch myself this October— Zenande Matikinz (@ZenC_Mee) 29 сентября 2018 г.
There were those who were surprised to know that Williams can dominate outside the tennis court.
And you can sing too— 😂 (@jamiepatrice60) 29 сентября 2018 г.
Wow! Serena sings too. What an amazing person.💖🌅💕— KLIGGETTONI (@KLIGGETTONI) 29 сентября 2018 г.
Beautiful! How can you be such an amazing tennis player and also be blessed with such a gorgeous voice? 😍— Helen (@sugarspiceuk) 29 сентября 2018 г.