Beauty vlogger Nikkie Tutorials has revealed that she is a transgender woman. Just hours ago, the YouTube sensation posted a tell-all video sharing her personal story and the reason why she chose this time to make the reveal.
"Today I am here to share something with you that I've always wanted to share with you one day, um, but under my own circumstances and it looks like that chance has been taken away from me so today I'm taking back my own power and I have to tell you something," the video begins.
Nikki explains that societal labels have always made her feel uncomfortable, and this pushed her to embrace her true self: "Planet Earth is full of labels and I'm never felt comfortable with labels. I wanted to be my own person, my own identity, my own human being without any rules without any labels and without any restrictions."
"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. It is time to let go and be truly free," she says.
"When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender. Now, it's so surreal saying this. Filming this video is scary but it feels so liberating and freeing. I've been wanting to share this side of myself to all of you for so long but I could never figure out the timing..."
She then boldly declares: "I am Nikkie Tutorials and I am Nikkie. I am me. We don't need labels. If you're gonna put a label on it, yes, I am transgender. But at the end of the day, I am me. And at the end of the day, you are you."
Nikkie also shares that part of the reason for revealing her story is to inspire others. "Just like me, you get to write your own story, live your life. live it without any restrictions. You can be you," she says.
"Guys, we're in 2020, and if there ever was a time, the time is right now. I am here to openly share that I am transgender, and with this message I wanna inspire little Nikkies around the world who feel insecure, who feel out of place, who feel misunderstood. I hope [that] me standing up and being free [inspires] others to do the same."
True enough, social media is flooding with empowering words of support for Nikkie Tutorials' bravery. Check out some of the tweets that followed her "#IamMe" tweet:
Celebrities, beauty brands, and fellow YouTubers also showed their support by commenting on her Instagram post. Ariana Grande, Marc Jacobs, and Maddie Ziegler were among them.
Nikkie Tutorials has 12.6 million subscibers and 13.1 million followers on Instagram as of writing—that's a huge army of fans. But, despite the overflowing love and support that these fans have shown her through the years, she notes that there were people who have tried to blackmail her into leaking her story:
"I have been blackmailed by people that wanted to leak my story to the press and at first, it was frightening to know that there are people out there that are so evil that they can't respect someone's true identity... They said they wanted to leak it because I'm lying, or that I don't wanna tell my truth, or they feel like I'm true scared for people to know who I truly am.
"I'm not scared," she says.
Now that she has revealed her story, Nikkie shared that she is unsure about how viewers will respond to the big news. But, she reassures everyone that her love for makeup has always been real. "All I know is that I haven't changed. You're seeing the same Nikki right now as you saw a couple years ago."
We're definitely proud of her for taking this bold, courageous step! Watch the full video below: