You’re not a true makeup lover if you haven’t spent hours upon hours watching beauty tutorials on YouTube. While there is no dearth of beauty gurus on the video-sharing platform, there are a few who stand out for their exceptional talent. One such beauty guru is Nikkie de Jager, better known as Nikkie Tutorials.

Touted as one of the most influential beauty YouTubers in the world, Nikkie has amassed over 12 million followers on YouTube. In an emotional video titled ‘I’m Coming Out’, the 25-year old revealed that she’s a transgender.

Nikkie stated that she started identifying as a girl at the age of 6 and began hormone therapy at 14 before fully transitioning at 19. She thanked her mom for supporting her and always being there for her.

The YouTuber revealed that she kept this major part of her life a secret because she wanted her channel to be about her art. However, she decided to come out as she was being blackmailed by people who threatened to leak her story to the press. "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… So to the people who tried to blackmail me and thought they could really mess up my life with that, this one's for you," she said, before raising her middle finger to the camera.

We’re glad Nikkie decided to finally lift the burden off her. There’s nothing more liberating than telling your story and owning it. More power to you, girl!