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NikkieTutorials shares her love story as the first trans bride on the cover of The Knot

node magazine The first bride-to-be featured on the cover: YouTube NikkieTutorialsin order to Number of magazines fall 2022.

The makeup artist, whose real name is Nikkie de Jager, is one of the most popular creators of the platform, having racked up 13.9 million subscribers in 14 years on YouTube and collaborating with stars like Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Megan Thee Stallion and Adele. Even after creating authentic beauty challenges like “The Power of Makeup” to show how cosmetics can change a person’s face, de Jaeger didn’t reveal her absolute truth until 2020 when she was He posted a video titled “I’m Going Out”.

At 25, de Jaeger told her millions of followers that she was “born in the wrong body” and identified herself as a transgender for the first time in public. She explained in the video, “By the time I turned 19, I had completely moved on. I moved on to YouTube. I’ve grown up and transformed into myself in front of all of you.”

NikkieTutorials is the first trans bride to appear on the cover of the magazine.  (Phoot: Meis Belle Wahr + Jip Merkies for The Knot)

NikkieTutorials is the first trans bride to appear on the cover of the magazine. (Phoot: Meis Belle Wahr + Jip Merkies for The Knot)

I told node Which came out “was one of the scariest moments of my life”. However, with her soon-to-be husband Dylan Drosiers at her side, she felt better able to do just that.

“I had a bunch of rocks around me. Dylan was one of those people,” she told the newspaper. “He was everything I could have wished for me in that period because he was so wonderful and supportive. He was with me every second.”

De Jager’s news made headlines around the world and even landed on it The Ellen DeGeneres ShowAnd the As the native Dutchman shared more about how she began her transition, with the support of her mother, at just 6 years old. “My mom is a queen, Mama Tutorials is a queen. Even when we went to the hospital to see what was going on, the doctors were like, ‘Don’t do that, don’t push it away.'” Let’s see where you go.” But then I came home, and said, “Mom I really want to dress up girls.” “If you want to dress up a girl, you’ll wear it,” De Jäger told DeGeneres.

The makeup artist appears on the cover of the Fall 2022 issue. (Photo: Meis Belle Wahr + Jip Merkies for The Knot)

The makeup artist appears on the cover of the Fall 2022 issue. (Photo: Meis Belle Wahr + Jip Merkies for The Knot)

Although her exit was well received by her subscribers and supporters, the timing was something de Geiger had no control over, as she explained to DeGeneres, that she had been blackmailed by an unnamed person into sharing information before they did. .

“I got emails from a certain person and he wasn’t in agreement with the fact that I was ‘lies’ and he wanted to reveal it,” de Jaeger said. “I feel his entire goal was, through this, to destroy my life. But the plot twist: It didn’t happen.”

Indeed, de Jäger said node The chance brought her and her fiancé Dylan even closer.

“When I had to click ‘post’ on my video, it was a very scary moment, because you don’t know what the future will hold. He took my hand and looked me in the eye and said, ‘You’re going to post this.’ We will be fine. I understood this. Whatever happens, but know we have each other and it will be fine,” de Jaeger recalls. “When he said I was like, ‘This guy will never leave me, and I will never leave this guy.'” I thought, “This is my character. It’s mine until the end of time.”

The couple faced other hurdles throughout 2020, forced to pause wedding planning due to the coronavirus pandemic. They were also robbed at gunpoint in their home in the Netherlands in August of that year. After going through it all together, 2022 finally becomes the year they make their marriage official – something de Jaeger said she wasn’t sure she would ever do.

“After my previous relationship, I gave up on the idea of ​​marriage, because it wasn’t working out. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m never going to get married.’ But then when I found Dylan, I was like, ‘Wait, that could be the person. That might be where it really is, where I can get my happy ending,” she said. “I’m looking forward to putting on that ring and kissing each other, knowing we made the deal.” I think every bride says that.”

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