Singing Serena sparks Internet breast cancer stir

Tennis superstar Serena Williams has a mission to spread the word that breast cancer can be prevented if women undergo checks regularly. (Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 01 October 2018
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Singing Serena sparks Internet breast cancer stir

  • The video was viewed more than 1.3 million times in the first 10 hours after it was posted early Sunday
  • Williams sung a version of Australian band The Divinyls’ 1991 hit in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia

SYDNEY, Australia: Tennis superstar Serena Williams caused an Internet sensation Sunday by posing for a video while singing “I Touch Myself” to raise awareness for breast cancer.
In the Instagram video, Williams sung a version of Australian band The Divinyls’ 1991 hit in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia.
“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,” wrote Williams on the post.
“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.”
The song was co-written by Divinyls Australian vocalist Chrissy Amphlett who died of breast cancer five years ago aged 53.
“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,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion.
The video was viewed more than 1.3 million times in the first 10 hours after it was posted early Sunday with fans lauding the tennis superstar for her bravery in performing the song.
“Amazing Serena, important message and such a beautiful voice!” wrote one under the username deedpaula.
Another alshaze47 commented: “This is powerful!! I’m a Breast cancer survivor!!“
The video appeared less than three weeks after her tempestuous US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka, where Williams smashed a racquet and accused an umpire of sexism.
Williams, who celebrated her 37th birthday four days ago, pulled out of this week’s China Open in Beijing to bring a premature end to her 2018 season, her first back on tour since giving birth to a daughter a year ago.


Sweet victory as rising star wins Jeddah baking contest

Updated 18 March 2019
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Sweet victory as rising star wins Jeddah baking contest

  • More than 120 women submitted a range of bakery creations and 10 finalists were selected
  • The winner won various prices and will have the chance to create her own business with the help of sponsors

JEDDAH: A Saudi woman has won a prestigious home-baking competition after being encouraged to enter the contest by her daughter.

Reem Rida Khashoggi beat nine other finalists in the Jeddah-based Golden Whisk competition with one of the simplest desserts of the night — “petit four” biscuits served in a small box that drew unanimous praise from the judges on Sunday.

“I got into this competition through my daughter,” Khashoggi told Arab News after accepting the trophy. “She has pushed me to improve and convinced me to be a part of this.” 

The Golden Whisk competition was organized by Crate, a Jeddah concept store that encourages local entrepreneurs, along with Mariam Haddad, owner of a bakery in Crate and one of the judges. 

More than 120 women submitted a range of bakery creations for judging with 10 finalists chosen for Sunday’s showdown.

Khashoggi said she gained her baking experience by “randomly opening recipe books and studying recipes.”

“I started baking with petit four biscuits and the reaction I received from the people was amazing,” she said.

Her daughter, Heba Bakri, said was “beyond happy” to see her mother win. “I am so proud, she is a great person. Congratulations, mom. You deserve the best,” she added.

The competition finale was hosted by Abdulrahman Baaghil, co-creator of Jeddah Attractions, and judges Basma El-Khereiji, chef behind the Social Kitchen, and Raneen Joudah, a home baker, together with Haddad.

“I believe that it is an act of giving back to society by getting involved with small bakers, especially people who are just starting their careers,” said El-Khereiji. 

Contestants’ offerings were judged on taste, presentation, creativity and originality. 

The winner will have the chance to create her own business with the help of recognition from startup Bakery M, design services from Loud, shelf space at Crate, a range of products from Baker’s Choice and a SR1,500 voucher from Chef & Chef.