Nikkie de Jager, a popular beauty YouTuber known online as Nikkie Tutorials, posted a video to her channel coming out as a transgender woman.

In the video, Nikkie explains that her reason for coming out now is because she was being blackmailed and the blackmailers were threatening to leak this information. She decided instead to reveal her story on her own terms.

“At the end of the day, I am me. And at the end of the day, you are you. Just like me, you get to write your own story. Live your life. Live it without any restrictions. You can be you. You are in charge of how you want to live your life. With this message, I want to encourage little Nikkies around the world who feel insecure, who feel out of place, who feel 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 it and the way you deserve it. This world needs us.”

Nikkie Tutorials

Nikkie reveals that by age 6 she had grown her hair long and began dressing exclusively as a girl. At 14, she began hormone therapy and by 19 she had fully transitioned. She transitioned while her career as a YouTuber was already underway.

“I Am Me. I Am Still Nikkie”

The video was incredibly moving. Nikkie thanks her mother for her acceptance and support and tells her fans “I am me. I am still Nikkie“.

Nikkie Tutorials has over 12 million subscribers and is one of the most influential voices in the YouTube beauty community. Both fans and fellow YouTubers came out in droves to support Nikkie after her announcement.