Famous YouTuber and beauty blogger Nikkie de Jager shared a personal message with her 13 million subscribers on Monday in a video titled “I’m Coming Out.”
“When I was younger I was born in the wrong body which means that I am transgender,” the 25-year-old, who’s better known as NikkieTutorials, said in the 17-minute video.
De Jager, who’s from the Netherlands, explained that her decision to come out was forced by someone attempting to blackmail her. She also said she has always wanted to come out but wanted to do so on her own terms.
“It looks like that chance has been taken away from me, so today I’m taking back my own power,” de Jager said.
The clip is currently the no. 1 trending video on the platform with over 16 million views, and it comes 12 years after de Jager uploaded her first beauty tutorial. In 2008, the then-teenage girl filmed a video titled “My first official Look for YT” after being inspired by the MTV reality show “The Hills.”
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Over the years, she uploaded content featuring celebrities like Kim Kardashian-West and Lady Gaga. And de Jager has become one of the most influential YouTuber stars, with a net worth of $6 million by some estimates.
In the trending coming out video, de Jager shared what life was like growing up in the wrong body. She said that by age 6, she began growing her hair out, and not long after she began wearing clothing traditionally worn by girls.
She added that she always identified as a girl and fully transitioned by 19.
Other popular Youtubers including James Charles, who was Covergirl’s first cover boy, and makeup artist Jeffree Star were among those who shared support for de Jager’s coming out.
“TRANS IS BEAUTIFUL,” tweeted Nikita Dragun, another trans YouTuber who runs a cosmetics company. “I am so proud of u! i know how hard it is. to see u out and living ur truth has brought me to tears! u don’t know how many people ur inspiring and helping by sharing ur story. i am one of them! she said WOMAN.”
The Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality, tweeted support for the famous vlogger. The civil rights agency added that no one should ever be forced to come out.
“We support you and we know that your visibility help trans youth and adults alike feel a little less alone,” HRC tweeted. “Let us be clear: Outing a person as LGBTQ could lead to serious repercussions for them, including violence.”
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