"Planet Earth is filled with labels, and I never felt comfortable with labels," Nikkie de Jager, known as NikkieTutorials on YouTube, said in an emotional video posted on her channel today.
Through tears, Nikkie for the first time revealed to her 12.5 million subscribers that she is a transgender woman. & # 39; When I was younger, I was born into the wrong body, which means I'm & # 39; a transgender, & # 39; she explained. & # 39; The video is scary, but it's so liberating and liberating. I want to share this side of myself with everyone for so long, but I could never figure out the timing. & # 39;
Nikkie added that the reason she kept her story private was to keep her channel's focus on makeup and to have her & # 39; artwork done for me & # 39 ;, emphasizing that her news was nothing to her content doesn't change.
For the uninitiated, the Dutch YouTube star attracted attention in 2015 after posting a nearly seven-minute video titled The Power of Makeup on her channel – which currently has more than 40 million (!) Views – as a way to combat makeup and show how transformative makeup can be. She launched her YouTube channel in 2008 and since then Nikkie has been working with Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian and working with Maybelline.
While repeatedly expressing how liberating that part of her story made her feel, she wanted to tell her truth on her own terms, but was threatened by people who believe she & # 39; is lying & # 39; and wanted to let her out.
"I've always wanted to share this side of my story with you, I just wanted to do it under my circumstances," she explained. & # 39; I was blackmailed by people who wanted to leak my story to the press. It was frightening at first; it was frightening to know that there are people so angry that they cannot respect someone's true identity. is despicable and it is gross. "
But Nikkie's aim-drop moment happened at the end of the video when she ended her speech with just one last message for her detractors. & # 39; It's for you, & # 39; she says as she places her middle finger on the camera. MIC DROP.