By John Legaspi
Through her YouTube channel, beauty blogger Nikkie Tutorials (Nikkie de Jager) announced to the world that she’s a transgender woman. In her video, she said, “I am here to share something that I’ve always wanted to share with you since one day. In my current circumstances, it may seem like that chance has been taken away from me. So today, I am taking back my power.”
The 25-year-old former Marc Jacobs beauty adviser created her coming out video after being blackmailed through threats of revealing her true identity.
“I wanted to be my own person, my own identity, my own human being, without any rules, without any labels, and without any restrictions,” Nikkie said. “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… I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender.”
Nikkie also shared her transitioning history, detailing that ever since, she knew she was a girl and her mom played a big role in her life. “The one I’m most thankful for is my mom. I love you,” she said. “She has been there for me since day one. She has always supported me and accepted me. That is everything you need as a kid, a parent who understands and listens and respects.”
For the new decade, Nikkie urges everyone to live their best and truest lives. “Take it from me, Share it your story. Of course, wait until you know that you’re in good and safe hands—the sooner the better,” Nikkie said. “But there’s one thing that I really, really want to make so clear to all of you. I am me. I am still Nikkie. Nothing changes about that.”