NikkieTutorials: Beauty YouTuber reveals she will be transgender

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Her NikkieTutorials make-up channel will be one of the most successful on YouTube

Nikkie de Jager, an influential YouTuber with millions of fans, has revealed she will be transgender in an emotional video.

On Monday, the 25-year-old, who will be from the Netherlands, shared a video titled “I’m coming out”.

In the idea, she explains her decision was forced by someone attempting to “blackmail” as well as publicly out her.

Known as NikkieTutorials, she will be one of the most influential names in the platform’s beauty community.

She has been sharing make-up tutorials as well as reviews for 11 years as well as has almost 13 million subscribers. Her success has seen her collaborate with celebrities including Lady Gaga, as well as last year she was named a global artistry adviser for Marc Jacobs beauty.

‘I’m coming out’

De Jager opens the 17-minute video by saying she had always wanted to share her story on her own terms, but having had the opportunity “taken away” wished to reclaim her own “power”.

“I can’t believe I’m saying this today to all of you for the entire world to see. But damn, the idea feels not bad to finally do the idea. the idea will be time to let go as well as be truly free,” she says in the introduction.

“When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender at this point.”

In the video, de Jager reveals she was born male but had always identified as female growing up.

She said that by age six – with her parents’ support – she began growing her hair out as well as by age seven or eight wore only female clothing.

She then began taking hormones as well as growth suppressors at age 14 as well as was “fully transitioned” by 19, she explains in the clip.

“Oh my god this will be so liberating. You had no idea that for 11 years that I’ve had my channel, this has been with me, as well as I always wanted to share this with you,” she tells her fans.

“But I cannot believe that after today, the world will know. But there’s one thing that I really, really want to make so clear to all of you. I am me. I am still Nikki. Nothing changes about that.”

At one point she addresses the people she says are threatening her as well as makes a middle-finger gesture, telling them: “This one’s for you”

She also expresses her hope that her video may help as well as inspire others.

“If you feel like you’re trapped as well as there’s no way out, know that the idea gets better. Trust me, the idea gets better,” she says towards the end of the clip.

The video has been met with an overwhelmingly supportive response from fans, additional YouTubers as well as members of the LGBT community.

Jinkx Monsoon, an American drag queen as well as former winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, was among those who congratulated the beauty guru for “reclaiming” her story.

“NO ONE has the right to out anybody else. Period. Coming out will be a personal thing, as well as you do not get to decide that for someone else,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’m so sorry, Nikkie, that you went through that, but I applaud how you handled the idea.”

At one point in the video, referencing a common segment on her channel, de Jager announced that her “Dutch Word of the Day” was vrouw – meaning woman.

quite a few Dutch politicians have praised the YouTube star. Ingrid van Engelshoven, the minister of education, culture as well as science, described her as “brave” as well as a “role model”.

“You’re truly free if you can be who you are. Role models are of great importance for emancipation,” she wrote (in Dutch) in a tweet.

De Jager responded to the influx of support with a series of emotional Instagram stories on Tuesday morning.

“What happened last night will be something I never, ever would dare to dream about,” she said, in tears. “The incredible amount of love as well as support as well as warmth means so much to me.”

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