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Despite the recent whirlwind of controversy, Serena Williams has shown that she is unbothered by her critics as she goes topless in a video to promote breast cancer awareness month.

in a video shared on social media, Williams sings “I Touch Myself” while covering her breasts with her hands.

Williams revealed in an Instagram post, that doing the project took her out of her “comfort zone", but added that she wanted to do it because early detection "saves so many lives".

"I’ve recorded a version of The Divinyls global hit “I Touch Myself” to remind women to self-check regularly," the tennis great wrote.

"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 colours, all around the world. Early detection is key - it saves so many lives."

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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 music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project created in honour of celebrated Australian singer Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 53 in 2013, and who gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first.