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Ingrid Nilsen is Gay & I Love Her



Ingrid Nilsen came out in a video on her YouTube channel yesterday, and in spite of the video being nearly 20 minutes long, I watched it several times because I was so moved by her bravery and just the rawness of it all. [Scroll down to the bottom of this post to watch!] When I saw the thumbnail for the video, I honestly thought "What?" because I had no idea, and I think that goes to show that even when you make your life public on the internet, so much of yourself is still hidden. 

I've been a viewer of Ingrid's before I even created my own YouTube channel. I love her adorable and bubbly personality and her goofy sayings. She's such an inspiration to, not only me, but also the more than 3 million viewers who are subscribed to her channel. 

Even though, I'm not gay, it doesn't mean I can't relate to some of the struggles that Ingrid faced when trying to mask this part of her. She talks about how society put a stamp of disapproval on being gay, thus building the foundation for a metaphorical prison for her. She then continued to build the prison herself while suppressing her true feelings and her true self. 

I think a lot of people can relate to trying to hide the parts of themselves that they don't want other people to see. It's like everyone has their own idea of what perfection looks like, and there's always someone who is going to complain. As the saying goes, "You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there will always be someone who doesn't like peaches." 

It's so incredibly brave and moving that Ingrid wanted to share this part of herself with all of the people who essentially allow her to do what she loves for a living. I appreciated the fact that she spoke to her viewers as if they were in the room with her. She shed light on something that needs to be talked about, especially with the current Supreme Court deliberations on same-sex marriage. The amount of love and respect I have for Ingrid has grown tenfold, and I really hope that a lot of good comes out of her being willing to share her story.

If you haven't watched the video yet, grab a box of tissues and hit play. 


What are your thoughts on Ingrid's coming out video?

49 comments :

  1. She's definitely so brave for doing this! I feel like since she's a beauty guru people didn't expect this. Glad she can use her influence for something positive!

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  2. I never heard of her but it is very brave of her for letting the world know.

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  3. I was super shocked when I saw this video too. At first I thought it might've been click bait. I have watched her for many years and always thought her behavior with men was a little off because she seemed to completely morph herself into each different guy's personality but I definitely did not see this coming..It definitely makes sense though now. She's seemed lost for the past year or so and it's shown in her YouTube videos. I'm glad she could finally come clean and get it off her chest.
    I'm glad you posted about this.


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  4. I was shocked! I had no idea, but after hearing her story and watching her through the years, hearing these rumors from people who supposedly "knew her" before her fame and watching her relationship with Luke unfold, it totally makes sense in hindsight. At first it was hard to believe but regardless she's still amazing and I'm happy that she's allowing herself to find complete happiness! I've been watching her for forever now, but I never comment on any of her videos for some reason. This video was actually the first that I commented on of hers, I was moved that much!

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  5. These have been so powerful. Honestly I'm happy for her that she can live in the open! I hope that she can focus on the support not the naysayers!

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  6. I was totally shocked...didn't expect it at all! It's amazing how much inspiration one person can give to literally millions of people. And that peaches quote! <3


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  7. I've never heard of Ingrid Nilsen, but her story is very inspiring and I admire her bravery!

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  8. I love watching Ingrid's video. This was such a surprise for me however I am happy for her. She's free and she can finally be happy. I completely support her and I believe she'll continue to inspire a lot of people through what she does. :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing-I think her ability to open up and be vulnerable in such a public setting is amazing! I can't imagine how scary and difficult that would feel! I apaud her strength (:

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  10. I loved loved loved this video and I too was in complete shock! It's insane to realize our "perfect" online lives, do not in fact reflect the whole truth. We often forget that everyone struggles, everyone has flaws and fears.

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  11. I hadn't heard of her before this post but, wow - inspiring! Thanks for sharing girl!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  12. I was on the verge of tears for her whole video! I've been a fan of hers for years and years, and I'm so happy that she can finally be 100% Ingrid!

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  13. I've never heard of her but I'm going to watch the video soon!

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  14. I don't think I know who she is, but I think it's so important that people feel they are allowed to show who they are and love who they want without judgment.

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  15. Good for her! I can't imagine how heavy of a burden it was to keep that in for so long.

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  16. I have never heard of her. But I am definitely going to watch her video when I have time and check out more of her channel!

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  17. This is an amazing video. And she's so beautiful. Good for her!!!

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    Lauren Ashley

    www.thefashionistasdiary.com

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  18. She's such a beautiful person, and what she has done takes such strength and courage! I believe that this is such an inspiring video, I hope that anyone in a similar situation can see this and feel accepted.

    xx | Steph @ The Lovely Essentials & Jenssen's Designs

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  19. I've never heard of her, but I think it's very brave to tell all of your followers in such a raw and personal way!

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  20. I agree! I was so moved by this video, and if you get the chance, I hope you watch it.

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  21. I completely agree, Stephanie! I was so inspired by her words, and it really made me want to live my life honestly. I hope people find inspiration from this video and feel encouraged to be their true selves.

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  22. I'm so proud of Ingrid for being so honest about this! I just love her even more now!

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  23. I hope you do get the chance to watch her video, because it's so moving. I think it can bring inspiration to everyone, no matter what their sexual orientation.

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  24. I can't either! To think that she's spent her whole life putting up layers and suppressing feelings just to be accepted. I hope she's greeted with love and understanding after releasing this burden.

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  25. I completely agree, Samantha! It's so important to be your true self, and I'm so proud of Ingrid for finally letting the world know about this part of her.

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  26. I really hope you do, Elana! It's definitely an inspiration to everyone no matter if you're gay or not.

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  27. I was too, Ashley! I was so moved by her honesty, and it really made me think about my life and if I'm just suppressing things for acceptance or comfort. I'm so excited to see what great things this will bring for her.

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  28. I hope you have time to watch the video, Morgan! I'm glad you were inspired by her story.

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  29. It really was just a huge shock, and I'm so proud of her for finally letting the world know her true self!

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  30. I completely agree, Jordyn! I applaud her bravery and strength to be able to share this information with the world in such a scary and public way. I hope so many good things come out of this for her.

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  31. It was a huge surprise to me too, but I'm so happy for and proud of her for finally releasing this part of her that she's suppressed for her entire life. I'm so excited to see what this does for her in the future. I feel like she can finally be herself and just be happy!

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  32. Ingrid was such an inspiration to me even before I watched this video. If you have time, you should definitely check out her channel. She's such an incredible person!

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  33. I was really shocked by it too! I'm so glad she was finally able to share it though. So proud of her even though she has no idea who I am haha. That peaches quote is my fave!

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  34. I'm so happy for her too, Ashley! I think everyone should get the chance to live life fully and truly be themselves.

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  35. I was definitely blind-sided by the whole thing too. I'm glad she finally felt like she was ready to tell the world about this side of her. I think it really shows how you really can't know someone fully no matter how much of their lives they share on the internet. And I really think she did this right, because she posted the video and then went on vacation with her best friends (currently watching all of the snaps for her "baecation" as she calls it). I never thought I'd be so happy for a stranger! Haha.

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  36. I thought the same thing, Jenny, but then I was like 'woah' when I finally hit play. It was just so surprising, and it really shows that you can think you know everything about a person, especially bloggers and YouTubers who make their lives public, but you really don't know much about them at all. I'm really happy that she finally released this burden, and I'm looking forward to all of the positivity that's to come from sharing her story.

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  37. I agree, Louida! It's so brave of her to be willing to share this part of herself with the world.

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  38. I agree! I think that's why it's such a big deal, because she's not the "typical" person that people think should be gay. I really hope a lot of good comes out of this and other people feel inclined to be honest and just be 100% themselves.

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  39. Thanks for sharing this video! I think it was so inspiring for her to make this video and be the voice of so many people who are afraid to use their own voices.


    Jenni // The Beautiful Little Fools

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  40. I completely agree, Jenni! I'm so proud of Ingrid for being willing to share this part of her with the world. She's such an inspiration.

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  41. I haven't watched it yet but I fully intend to. There's something about being so public which just makes things like this so much scarier. Sharing your life when you already have shared so much with the world can be daunting. Way to go Ingrid!


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  42. Macarena FerreiraJune 12, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    This is beautiful. Every woman deserves support and I love that you posted this.

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  43. Everything you said is so on point. I hope you are as inspired by her video as I was!

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  44. I completely agree, Macarena! I hope Ingrid was able to inspire you too!

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  45. This was so vulnerable. I hope Ingrid can be happy now.

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  46. This is so amazing! I have been watching Ingrids videos for 5 years, and she is so brave and inspiring. <3

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