Internet beauty sensation Nikki Tutorials just came out online and the world is nothing but over the moon for her!
Nikkie de Jager revealed Monday she is a transgender woman to her more than 12 million followers, saying the move was prompted by attempted blackmail.
The 25-year-old, who goes by Nikkie Tutorials, said in a video that while she had always planned to tell her fans one day, someone threatened to out her to the media without her consent. The chance to reveal her journey on her own terms was taken away, “so I am taking back my own power,” Nikki said.
Nikkie has spent almost eleven years online and overall had made quite an impact in the beauty scene.
With most of her life being online, she has collaborated with the likes of major beauty brands like Ofra, Maybelline and Too Faced. In addition, she’s even come out with her own products.
Within about five hours of posting, de Jager’s “I’m Coming Out” video topped the YouTube trending page with 5.5 million views.
Nikkie said in the video she began transitioning at a young age, with the support of her mother and many of her teachers when she started to grow her hair out and wear girls clothing. She “fully transitioned” by the age of 19, about five years after she began hormone therapy.
Nikkie told fans she hoped they understood she was still the same Nikkie as she always showed on camera and that they would still continue to care about her.
Responses from fans were generally positive, as many posted their support for her and anger at her blackmailers including a lot of fellow YouTubers. Gabbi Hanna said, “whoever blackmailed nikkie made the fatal error of underestimating the power of a fearless, proud, unapologetic female. can’t prey on shame if it doesn’t exist. we got your back ma’!” – Fine Bros Entertainment said” So much love and support from your FBE fam! You are AMAZING!
“Nikkie’s story is such an amazing example of how having a supportive community/family can be so important to a trans person. i’m so happy she had people around her that allowed her to express herself and helped her find her way. support your trans kids/friends/family!”
Nikkie has collaborated with the likes of Lady Gaga and more and it doesn’t look like 2020 is going to slow her down. Nikkie has continued to amaze us and we can’t wait to see what she does with this new confidence of hers.