The makeup artist explained that she always intended on coming out to her followers eventually, but on her own terms. 'So today, am taking my own power and I have to tell you something'.
De Jager explains that she was terrified to share the news with the world, but she finally feels comfortable to tell her truth to her fans.
'I am NikkieTutorials, and I am Nikkie. "It's so surreal to say this".
"Filming the video is scary but so liberating and freeing", she says.
"I've always wanted to share this side of my story", she said. "But I will always be so thankful for all the teachers at that school who supported my journey and supported me". "I'm me. We don't need labels".
"What happened last night is something I never, ever would dare to dream about", she said, in tears.
Nikkie reveals that by age 6 she had grown her hair long and began dressing exclusively as a girl.
"Growing up, I think the No. 1 thing I'm the most thankful for is my mom - love you, Mom - because she has been there for me since day one", de Jager said.
In her recent video, Nikkie addressed her relationship with partner Dylan Drossaers, describing him as "kind-hearted" adding that he is a 'strong, inspiring human being'.
"If you feel like you're trapped and there's no way out, know that it gets better. But at the end of the day I am me", she said.
Jinkx Monsoon, an American drag queen and former victor of Ru Paul's Drag Race, was among those who congratulated the beauty guru for "reclaiming" her story.
In an impassioned plea, de Jager said that in 2020, it is time for people to "understand, accept, hear and respect" how others choose to live their lives and present themselves.