14 January 2020 00:46
Nikkie de Jager, the 25-year-old behind the wildly popular YouTube channel NikkieTutorials, came out as a transgender woman in an emotional video addressed to her audience of 12 million. But while the beauty guru said she always intended to come out, she had wanted to do so on her own terms – and that opportunity was taken from her. De Jager says she was blackmailed by people who knew she was transgender and wanted to sell her story to the media. "They said they wanted to leak it because I'm lying [...] or because they feel like I'm too scared for people to know who I truly am. Nikkie de Jager opened her coming out video with a bittersweet twist – she had always planned on coming out as a transgender woman to her 12 million YouTube subscribers, but wanted to do so on her own terms.
That opportunity had been taken from de Jager, known online as the beauty guru NikkieTutorials, by people blackmailing her, she says. As de Jager went on to explain in the 17-minute video, she had grown up knowing she was a woman. "Today, I am taking back my own power," de Jager said. De Jager said that she has been blackmailed by people who wanted to leak her transition story to the press. She said it was "vile," "gross," and "frightening" to know there were people willing to disrespect her identity.
Beauty YouTuber Nikkie de Jager, known on the platform as NikkieTutorials, came out as a transgender woman in a new video. Nikkie posted a video coming out as a transgender woman on January 13, saying she had known since birth that she was a girl. While Nikkie sharing her truth should call for celebration, she said she felt forced to come out because she was being blackmailed. It looks like that chance has been taken away from me, so today I am taking back my own power," she said. While she shared new information with the world, Nikkie stressed that her coming out as transgender doesn't change anything.
"I hope that me standing up and being free, it inspires you to do the same" Nikkie says in the 17-minute video. "To truly live your life like you want it and the way you deserve it." Nikkie is one of the most popular and prolific beauty YouTubers in the world. The reason she came out at this moment, Nikkie says, was to stand up for herself and the transgender community in the face of someone blackmailing her by threatening to out her in a leak to the press. Nikkie explains in her video that she started wearing girls' clothes at age 7 or 8, began hormone therapy at age 14, and "fully transitioned" at age 19. To Nikkie, who is now 25, that was the end of the pre-transition chapter of her life, until the threats of "leaking" prompted her to come out publicly. She did not disclose when the threats began, who made them, or any specific details of the situation, but said she was starting this new year by coming out. "At first it was frightening to know that there are people out there that are so evil that they can't respect someone's true identity," Nikkie says. "It is vile and it gross … they said they wanted to leak it because I'm lying or that I don't want to tell my truth or that I'm too scared to tell people who I truly am." Because she is such a well-known figure in the beauty world and on YouTube, Nikkie is in a rare position to use her voice and platform to spread awareness of the discrimination that trans people face in society. "I can't believe I'm saying this today… I am transgender." @NikkieTutorials, a popular YouTuber known for her makeup videos, has shared that she is transgender. "At the end of the day, my story is beautiful," Nikkie says in the video, choking up while explaining how beauty and YouTube have often given her a means of escape. Popular beauty YouTuber Nikkie de Jager, known as NikkieTutorials, has come out as transgender in a new video. On Monday, the beauty blogger announced that she felt she had been forced to reveal she was transgender after being blackmailed. "I wanted to start the year off by finally revealing a part of my life that has made me who I am," de Jager says in the video titled: "I'm Coming Out". "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. In the YouTube video, the 25-year-old revealed that by sharing her personal story, she was "taking back my own power". "Today I'm sharing something with you that I've always wanted to share, one day, but under my own circumstances," she said. According to de Jager, blackmailers have threatened to leak her story to the press - an invasion of privacy that she called "vile and gross". "They said they wanted to leak it because I'm lying, or that I don't want to tell my truth or because I'm too scared for people to know who I truly am," the YouTuber told viewers. During the video, de Jager recalled her transition, as well as when she knew that she was meant to be a girl. "She was convinced that she was going to have a girl and out came me," de Jager said. When de Jager was six, she began transitioning to a girl with the help of her mum. "By the age of six I grew my hair out, people at my school knew and I think by the age of seven/eight I fully wore girls clothes only and the teachers were so supportive about it," the blogger recalled. According to de Jager, she fully transitioned at 19, after taking hormones and growth stoppers at 14. In response to the video, which has already been viewed more than 455,000 times, hundreds of people have expressed their support for the beauty blogger. "Congratulations to Nikkie for coming out, I'm so deeply proud of her for being able to take her own narrative back for herself and be free, what a beautiful legend," one person tweeted.