Make Up Guru And YouTube Star NikkieTutorials Comes Out as Transgender Woman
YouTube star Nikkie de Jager has just shared what may be her most personal video yet. The 25-year-old make up sensation uploaded a 17-minute YouTube video titled, “I’m Coming Out,” where she told the world she’s a transgender woman.
“Today I am here to share something with you that I’ve always wanted to share with you one day, but under my own circumstances, and it looks like that chance has been taken away from me,” the beauty guru said. “So today, I am taking back my own power and I have to tell you something.”
“Planet Earth is full of labels, and I never felt comfortable with labels. I wanted to be my own person, my own identity, my own human being without any rules, without any labels, without any restrictions,” she continued. “It is a brand new year, it’s 2020, and I want to start the year off with the truth. I want to start the year off by finally revealing a part of my life that has made me who I am.”
“I can’t believe I’m saying this today,” she continued. “To all of you, for the entire world to see, but damn, it feels good to finally do it. It’s time to let go and be truly free.”
“When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender,” Nikkie shared. “It’s so surreal saying this. Filming this video is scary, but it feels so liberating and freeing. I’ve been wanting to share this side of myself to all of you for so long but I could never figure out the timing.”
Unfortunately her reason for sharing the news came from a very dark place. The truth is she had been blackmailed by people who wanted to “leak” her story to the media. Instead of letting them win she took the power back and told her story herself on her “own conditions.”
Nikkie encourages others to be themselves and not let judgement get them down. “You can be you,” she said. “You are in charge of how you want to live your life. I am here to openly share that I am transgender, and with this message, I want to inspire little Nikkie’s around the world, who feel insecure, who feel out of place, who are misunderstood. I hope by me standing up and being free, that it inspired others to do the same.”
When talking about her mum’s support, Nikkie got very emotional. “Growing up, I think the number one thing I’m the most thankful for is my mom… love you, Mom,” she said. “She has been there for me since day one.”
She also spoke openly about her fiancé Dylan who also had no idea she was transgender until recently.
“I’ve never met anyone like him. He is truly the most kind-hearted man in my life ever. Our relationship moved so fast,” she said. “I truly hope that people there, who are watching this, respect our relationship… that we can handle it privately.”
Not surprisingly, the response from the Youtube and beauty community has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Nikkie, thank you so much for sharing yourself with us,” Jordan Hanz said. “Your beautiful soul and art is what brought us all in, and I’m so ridiculously happy for you to feel comfortable being so open. You’re amazing.”
What a brave and inspiring woman! At the end of the day, all Nikkie wants is for her fans to know she hasn’t changed and is the same woman they’ve always loved and trusted.