YouTuber NikkiTutorials, Who Once Painted The Face Of Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga, Just Revealed A Huge Secret

Makeup artist and influencer, NikkieTutorials, has amassed a following thanks to her creative method of beating a face! The YouTuber’s makeup application skills have attracted major brands with beauty companies and also caught the eye of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga. She recently made a huge announcement and identified as a member of the LGBT+ community. 

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Who is NikkieTutorials?

Nikkie de Jager, known by fans as her YouTube channel name NikkieTutorials, is a Dutch makeup artist and beauty vlogger. Her popularity rose when her 2015 YouTube video, “The Power of Makeup”, went viral. She’s become known for doing tutorials with makeup and barefaced. Her videos have been viewed over 1 billion times.

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NikkieTutorials received her formal beauty training at B Academy in Amsterdam. She then signed to Colourfool Agency in 2011, and began working as a professional makeup artist before leaving to work as a freelance artist. 

Forbes magazine named her one of the top ten beauty influencers in 2017. In the same year, she also won the award for “YouTube Guru” at the Shorty Awards and the award for “Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star” at the Teen Choice Awards.

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She’s worked with major brands like Maybelline and Marc Jacobs and has done major makeup transformations in Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian. 

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In January 2019, she competed on the Dutch television series Wie is de Mol? She finished in ninth place out of ten after she deliberately forfeited herself out of the competition to go home to tend to a personal matter.

NikkieTutorials reveals she’s transgender 

The popular YouTuber uploaded a 17-minute video titled “I’m Coming Out” on Jan. 13 and revealed to her 12.4 million subscribers that she’s transgender.

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“When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender,” she said. According to the makeup artist, she’s wanted to share her story for a while now but that it had to be under her own circumstances. NikkieTutorials alluded to being outed, explaining, “it looks like that chance has been taken away from me,” which is why she took control of the narrative and made the announcement herself.

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Despite feeling forced in the beginning, she’s proud that she is now standing in her truth. It feels good to finally do it,” she admitted. “This world needs us. We need to accept each other. We need to respect each other. But most of all, we need to hear each other and understand.”

Fans showed Nikkie the utmost support.

“TRANS IS BEAUTIFUL,” wrote Nikita Dragun, a fellow transgender YouTuber and makeup artist. “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.”

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Jinkx Monsoon, a drag performer who won the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, also commented support. “Congrats to @NikkieTutorials for reclaiming your story. NO ONE has the right to out anybody else. Period. Coming out is a personal thing, and you do not get to decide that for someone else. I’m so sorry, Nikkie, that you went through that, but I applaud how you handled it.”

Congrats to Nikkie for standing in her truth!