Nikkie de Jager came out last year in a powerful video (Picture: NikkieTutorials/YouTube)
YouTuber NikkieTutorials has revealed the vile abuse she’s faced after coming out as transgender, recalling that she’s been told she would be ‘better off dead’.
The beauty guru, who came out to her millions of followers last year, has been celebrated and praised by many after sharing her story.
However, she also opened up about the level of vitriol she’s been subjected to in a shocking video on International Transgender Day of Visibility.
Sharing a video on TikTok, Nikkie – real name Nikkie de Jager – said: ‘Put a finger down if anyone has ever told you that “it’s just a phase”.
‘Put a finger down if parts of your family have rejected you.
‘Put a finger down if people have told you that you’re better off dead. Put a finger down if you’ve been attacked, bullied, or assaulted just because of who you are.
‘Put a finger down if you feel like you’re fighting this battle by yourself.’
— NikkieTutorials (@NikkieTutorials) March 30, 2021
On each instance, Nikkie put a finger down, before telling viewers: ‘This is something that trans people have to deal with on a daily basis. And I’m here to let you know that you are not fighting this battle by yourself.
‘We are here, trans visibility is here. If you’re trans and watching this, I love you. I am so incredibly proud of you and you are doing the right thing.
‘We are here and we’re not going anywhere.’
Fans have been quick to support the star, with one telling her: ‘Love you Nikkie, thank you. You’re the best and I’m super proud of you.’
‘Your story encouraged me to come to terms and accept that I am a trans woman, thank you so much for being a role model for young trans people in the world, so many of us wouldn’t have the strength without you,’ another added.
One more said: ‘You are one of the most beautiful souls that I have ever known of. Keep being you, gorgeous.’
Nikkie came out in January 2020, telling fans in a powerful video: ‘When I was younger I was born in the wrong body, which means I am transgender.’
She added: ‘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 feel misunderstood.
‘I hope by me standing up and being free that it inspires others to do the same, to truly live your life like you want it and the way you deserve it. 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.’