On Monday night, NikkiTutorials sent social media into a frenzy and broke the internet in just 17 minutes and 14 seconds when she posted a a video explaining an intimate secret of hers: She’s transgender. (See video below)
For those of you unfamilar with NikkiTutorials, she is an amazingly talented Makeup Artist and Youtuber who’s had featured guests like Drew Barry More, Kim Kardashian, Priscilla Ono and the list goes on.
Half way through watching the video, I couldnt help but wonder what was the reason for all of this? I found it to be so random. Come to find out Nikki was allegedly being blackmailed by CEO of Too Faced Cosmetics, Jerrod Blandino’s sister. Her instagram bio said “Transgender huh? That’s not the only thing she’s been lying about” after Nikki posted her video.
Update: Too Faced CEO, Jerrod Blandino has since issued a public statement via his Instagram Story:
“I would like to make sure it is understood that although I love my sistwer very much, the things she says or does have absolutely nothing to do with me and do not in any way reflect me, my opinions, thoughts or feelings nore speak for me or Too Faced in any way shape or form. I have always stoof for love, equality and kindness in my life and everything I do. I am sorry for the hurt she has caused. Let it be known that I am truly shocked and disgusted to my core at her recent actions. I do not tolerate this bahavior and she is no longer an employee of Too Faced. I would like to say how proud of I am of Nikki Tutorials and how inspired I am from her strength and sharing her beautiful truth with the world. I am sending all my love to her. ” – Jerrod Blandino, CEO of Too Faced
Watch NikkiTutorials video below:
I won’t get into the specifics such as her love life etc, but I do want to use this controversial topic as a teachable moment for those of you who might not understand the amount of strength it took NikkiTutorials to do something like this. If someone like Nikkitutorials might not be your cup of tea, please be respectful of her truth. And her pronouns.
5 Things We Can Learn from NikkiTutorials Coming Out as Transgender
1.) The same boiling water that softens the potatoe, hardens the egg. Not a single salty tear was shed during the filming of Nikki’s video as she took control of the narrative before someone could. She was brave and stood her ground despite knowing there might be backlash given her ‘new truth’.
2. Be firm in what you believe in. If that means people might look at you differently? fuck it. They were never apart your tribe in the first place.
3. You never know who you’re silently speaking up for. I see Nikki coming out as Transgender giving hope to many young teens and adults struggling with their gender identity. Some of which are suicidal or depressed because they fear the public redicule. So Nikki, if nobody told you, you’re somebody’s hero, girl!
4. Continue to live in your truth. Above all else, honesty is something that will always be valued.
5. No matter what, always continue putting your art/work first. NikkiTutorials coming out as Transgender doesn’t overshadow the fact that she’s an amazing Makeup Artist and beautiful person. Naturally, people were shocked but I feel like we’re all going to forget about this by next month and tune into her next youtube video.
Remember, Before you go shaming someone on their truth, make sure you’re living in yours first!
Let me know your thoughts.