Popular YouTube star and makeup expert NikkieTutorials posted a new video Monday amid blackmail threats–one that is much more personal than her usual makeup tutorials.
Nikkie de Jager, better known as beauty influencer NikkieTutorials on social media, has been creating makeup tutorials online for over a decade now. She ranks among the top of the category, and has amassed 12.4 million subscribers on YouTube and 12.9 million followers on Instagram.
However, the 25-year-old social media star uploaded a 17-minute video to her YouTube that was quite different than her other makeup tutorials. It was titled “I’m Coming Out,” and in it, she revealed that she is 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,” the 25-year-old social media star began. “And it looks like that chance has been taken away from me. So, today, I am taking back my own power.”
The popular YouTuber states, “I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender.”
She explains that she’s always wanted to be her own person “without any rules, without any labels, without any restrictions.” But no matter what, “I am NikkieTutorials, and I am Nikkie. I am me.”
Nikkie reveals that she began identifying as a girl as a child, and thanked her mother for being so supportive and accepting of her growing up.
She also got personal over the details of her transition, saying that she began hormones by the age of 14, and also revealed, “By the time I was 19, I fully transitioned. I transitioned while on YouTube.”
Though Nikkie wanted to tell her story at some point, the timing of the decision to reveal the news Monday was not entirely Nikkie’s choosing.
“I have been blackmailed by people that wanted to leak my story to the press,” she said, but did not reveal who made blackmail threats.
However, she did raise a middle finger and told her blackmailers (whoever they may be), “I hope you sit nice on it!”