You (and her 12 million other subscribers) may know her for her deft hand at makeup and her own iconic brand of stunning Instagram-glam makeup, but NikkieTutorials has made the news for a different – and incredibly personal – reason.
In a courageous move, the 25-year-old makeup artist star, whose real name is Nikkie de Jager, came out in a Youtube video as a transgender woman.
“When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender,” Nikkie says.
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“I want to start the year off with the truth,” Nikkie explains. “I want to start the year off by finally revealing a part of my life that has made me who I am. I want to talk about a part of myself that makes me me. I can’t believe I’m saying this today to all of you for the entire world to see, but damn, it feels good to finally do it. It is time to let go and be truly free,” she says.
She reveals that she began hormone therapy when she was around 14, and that her transition was ongoing even when she was already making Youtube videos.
“I have literally grown up and transformed into me in front of all of you,” says Nikkie
While her bravery and honesty is inspiring, she also reveals that it was a slew of online threats and blackmail that led her to come out on her own terms before anyone else could break the story without her consent.
“I have been blackmailed by people that wanted to leak my story to the press and at first, it was frightening. It was frightening to know that there are people out there that are so evil that they can’t respect someone’s true identity.”
We salute Nikkie’s courage and we hope her story will be inspiration for a more inclusive, welcoming society!
Watch her full message in the video below: