Serena Williams’ Breast Cancer Anthem

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In the early 1990’s, the iconic song “I Touch Myself” was released by The Divinyls, an Australian music group. The hit song celebrated female sexuality, and instantly became a huge success in the United States and Australia.

In 2014, it was turned into a powerful anthem for breast cancer awareness. Ten different Australian artists lent their voices and faces to a poignant cover of the song.

Now it’s getting another gorgeous revamp, this time by Serena Williams.

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

Chrissy Amphlett, the songstress behind the original song, died of breast cancer on April 21, 2013. One of her last wishes was to turn her iconic song into a way to raise awareness for the disease that that she was fighting.

A year after her death, the new anthem for breast cancer awareness was released, and Chrissy’s legacy lived on.

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

As the latest face of the campaign, Williams’ version of the song shares a lot of similarities with the previous video from 2014. Like the Australian artists, she sang the song a cappella, her voice haunting and lovely without any music behind it. She also bared her shoulders, and sang against a dark, muted backdrop. But whereas the previous video ended with a survivor bravely revealing her scars, Serena’s video ends with her covering her breasts with her hands, radiating strength.

Williams posted the video to her Instagram page in September 29th to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

The 37-year-old tennis titan joined the campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer because it affects women everywhere.

“Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone,” she wrote on her Instagram post, “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.”

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

The goal of the project is for women to become familiar with the way their breasts usually look and feel, and to perform regular self-exams. That way, they’re more likely to notice any changes in their breasts.

Nobody knows your body like you do,” the I Touch Myself Project reminds us.

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. If you notice anything suspicious, always reach out to your doctor.

Like the haunting words Williams ends on, “Think I would die, if you were to ignore me…”

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

Photo: Instagram/Serena Williams

Watch the video to hear Serena perform this stunning anthem, and remember to touch yourself regularly.

It could save your life.

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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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This Haunting Version of “I Touch Myself” Sends A Poignant Message About Being Aware: Click “Next” below!

C. Dixon likes to read, sing, eat, drink, write, and other verbs. She enjoys cavorting around the country to visit loved ones and experience new places, but especially likes to be at home with her husband, son, and dog.
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