Beauty vlogger NikkieTutorials has come out as transgender. The YouTuber, whose real name is Nikkie de Jager, posted a 17-minute video on Monday, January 13, where she opened up about both her gender identity and her sexuality.
“I always wanted to share this with you but under my own circumstances, and it looks like that chance has been taken away from me. So today I am taking back my power,” the 25-year-old said. “Planet Earth is full of labels and I never felt comfortable with labels. I wanted to be my own person, my own identity, my own human being without any rules, labels and restrictions.”
The blonde beauty admitted that although she was certainly nervous to tell her followers, she felt liberated and free in doing so.
“I can’t believe I am saying this today to all of you for the entire world to see, but d**n, it feels good to finally do it. It is time to let go and be truly free,” Nikkie continued. “When I was younger I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender.”
The makeup mogul encouraged her fans to live their own lives without any restrictions.
“You can be you. You are in charge of how you want to live your life,” the social media star added. “With this message I want to inspire little Nikkie’s around the world who feel insecure, out of place, misunderstood. I hope by me standing up and being free that it inspires others to do the same — to truly live your life the way you want, like you deserve.”
The beauty influencer gained popularity back in 2015 after her YouTube video, “The Power of Makeup,” went viral. The vid inspired many other stars to show their own faces with and without makeup.
“We need to accept each other,” Nikkie urged. “We need to respect each other. But most of all, we need to hear each other and understand. It doesn’t matter what type of label someone belongs to, what kind of hair color someone has, the type of clothing they wear, their height, weight, size, the way they look, the way they want to express themselves — it is 2020 and it is time for us to understand, accept, hear and respect.”
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