Earlier this week, Dutch beauty blogger, Nikkie De Jager made a very personal and intimate video expressing a close part of her life. We loved every bit of it. Nikkie, or as most people know her, @nikkietutorials, has been a vital part of the beauty industry for over a decade now. She started making YouTube makeup tutorials years and years before influencer marketing and how-to makeup videos blew up on social media. Nikkie in certain ways, originated much of the content you see on social media today and served as un-traditional type of beauty influencer to many people as well as aspiring make up artists.
"When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender," Nikkie continued. "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."
With something as personal as gender, sex, transitions, orientation, etc. We can't even imagine what it must feel like to have this freedom of expression or lack thereof stripped from you. Especially with massive audience of millions of people knowing you, seeing you, and watching you daily. We admire, respect, and can't emphasize enough how encouraging it is to see Nikkie rise above and take her voice and freedom back.
Nikkie made a wonderful point of saying that nothing has changed about her. She will always be herself and true to herself at the end of the day. She instead, encouraged all others who are battling this within themselves to know that "if you're feeling trapped, just know that it gets better." She said she decided to go public so that all others who are struggling with this issue or being pressured into coming out--know that they can take their freedom back and know that they aren't alone.
“The last thing I want in my life is for you to not trust me anymore or to look at me with different eyes. Or look at me in a different manner. ... At the end of the day I am still Nikkie,” she said.
Following her inspiring message, we can't find anyone better to highlight than this strong, beautiful, and inspiring woman. You go Nikkie, onze sterke en mooi vrouw!