NikkieTutorials: Beauty YouTuber reveals she is transgender


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

On Monday, the 25-year-old, who is from the Netherlands, shared a video titled "I'm coming out".

In it, she explains her decision was forced by someone attempting to "blackmail" and publicly out her. 

Known as NikkieTutorials, she is one of the most influential names in the platform's beauty community.

She has been sharing make-up tutorials and reviews for 11 years and has almost 13 million subscribers. Her success has seen her collaborate with celebrities including Lady Gaga, and 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, it feels good to finally do it. It is time to let go and 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 now."

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 and by age seven or eight wore only female clothing. 

She then started taking hormones and growth suppressors at age 14 and was "fully transitioned" by 19, she explains in the clip.

"Oh my god this is so liberating. You had no idea that for 11 years that I've had my channel, this has been with me, and 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 and makes a middle-finger gesture, telling them: "This one's for you"

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

"If you feel like you're trapped and there's no way out, know that it gets better. Trust me, it gets better," she says towards the end of the clip. 

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