Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

YouTube star Nikkie de Jager has revealed she is transgender

YouTube star Nikkie de Jager has revealed she is transgender

"I transitioned while on YouTube", she explained.

Cosmopolitan reports that de Jager told viewers that someone threatened to leak the information.

The "Power of Makeup" guru took back her own power after people were threatening to expose her to the press, according to de Jager. "When I was younger I was born in the wrong body which means that I am transgender", she explains, saying she's always wanted to share this part of herself with her community but couldn't find the right timing. Now, so surreal saying this.

"Filming this video is scary", says Nikkie. Star wrote. "Love you and I'm so proud to call you a friend".

"I am NikkieTutorials and I am Nikkie", she continued. "I just always wanted to do that under my conditions but apparently we live in a world where other people hate on people that are truly themselves". If we are going to put a label on it, yes, I am transgender. She has been there for me since day one.

"Today's the day. I am free", de Jager concluded her video.

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In the video, she starts by explaining that she had planned on revealing her truth, but she was forced to make her coming out video because she was being blackmailed. This world needs us.

At the time of this writing, De Jager's video has amassed more than 455,000 views as well as shout-outs on social media from celebrities like RuPaul's Drag Race queen Aquaria and fellow beauty YouTuber Desi Perkins, among others.

She thanked her mother for being her biggest supporter.

She said by 14 she had begun using hormones and used "growth stoppers" that prevented her from becoming tall.

NikkieTutorials has amassed over 12 million subscribers on her Youtube channel with her makeup tutorials and reviews. She said that the situation was "vile" and "gross" and that she knew the blackmailers were watching. With the threat on the table, she made a decision to give her blackmailer the middle finger-literally. "It was frightening to know there were people out there that are so evil that they can't respect someone's true identity". And I know you are watching this.

Nikita Dragun, who is also transgender, said she understands "how hard it is" to come out, and shared some words of encouragement.

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