YouTube beauty star Nikkie de Jager (better known by her username NikkieTutorials) has made a career not only thanks to her superior makeup skills, but also thanks to her willingness to open up about her personal life. And now, the star is letting the world know who she is with a powerful video.
On Monday (Jan. 13), Jager posted a video titled "I'm Coming Out," in which she revealed to her fans that she is a transgender woman. "Today I am here to share something with you that I've always wanted to share with you one day, but under my own circumstances. It looks like that chance has been taken away from me, so today I am taking back my own power," she said in her 17-minute video. "When I was younger I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender."
The star, who has done makeup with the likes of Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Bebe Rexha and more, told fans her story, saying that she has identified as a woman her whole life and began her transition as early as the age of 6. "People at my school knew, and I think by the age of 7, 8, I fully wore girls' clothes only and the teachers were so supportive about it," she said in her video. At age 14, Jager says she began taking hormones and growth stoppers, and by age 19, had "fully transitioned" while posting on YouTube.