YouTube star Nikkie de Jager, better known as NikkieTutorials online, has come out as a transgender woman.
"I wanted to be my own person, my own identity, my own human being without any rules, without any labels and without any restrictions," she says in the video. "I want to start the year off with the truth."
Nikkie says that she decided to come out publicly after being blackmailed by some online haters.
"Filming this video is scary, but it feels so liberating and freeing," she continued. "I am NikkieTutorials and I am Nikkie. I am me. We don't need labels. If we are going to 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."
"You can be you," the beauty expert continued. "You are in charge of how you want to live your life. I am here to openly share that I am transgender, and with this message, I want to inspire little Nikkies around the world, who feel insecure, who feel out of place, who are misunderstood. I hope by me standing up and being free, that it inspired others to do the same."