Controversy after Serena Williams goes topless for awareness campaign

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Tennis star Serena Williams has sparked off a fresh controversy by deciding to pose topless in a video to support an awareness campaign on breast cancer.

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Serena, who was recently in news for losing the US Open finals after being penalised for ‘cheating’, posed topless in the video while singing the Australian band The Divinyls’ 1991 hit in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia.

While posting the video, Serena 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. 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.”

No sooner was her video posted on Instagram, it sparked a row with many questioning her decision. One fan asked, “This can be sung without being TOPLESS – whynot?” Another wrote, “As good as this is for Breast Cancer Awareness is it a way to make people forget about your antics with Osaka?”

However, she found plenty of support from those who had wtinessed their loved ones suffer from the breast cancer. One wrote, “Your the best.” “I LOVE this, Serena. I’m a breast cancer survivor of 20 years and I found the lump myself on self exam even after mammograms showed nothing. Exams are so so important. Thank you for putting yourself out of your comfort zone—you are a goddess!” wrote another user.

 

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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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