Nikita” Mama” Dragun was born on 31 January 1996, in Springfield, Virginia, USA, and is a YouTuber, best known for publicly becoming open about her transition from a male to a female. She has a YouTube channel which focuses on vlogs, beauty, make-up tutorials, and videos regarding her transition.
The Wealth of Nikita Dragun
How rich is Nikita Dragun? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is at around $150,000, earned through a successful career on YouTube. Her online popularity has also led her to numerous other opportunities to help with her wealth. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Social Media Beginnings
Nikita’s father is Vietnamese while her mother is Mexican. She grew up with two sisters and a brother. While at school, ‘he’ developed an interest in music and was trained to sing. After matriculating from high school, ‘he’ enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California, completing a four-year course. ‘He’ began her online career on the image sharing website Instagram and eventually decided to post videos on the website YouTube.
Despite being male at the time, ‘he’ started talking openly about ‘her’ sexuality and desire to transition into the female gender. She did beauty and make-up tutorials while also posting blogs. According to her, it was important to come out publicly regarding her sexuality, and after going public with it, to document her journey of transition with her followers; consequently her videos started going viral. According to her, while growing-up she had never met a transgender person, but started gaining access to the LGBT community after posting her videos online.
According to Dragun’s videos, her mother noticed that even when ‘he’ was young, ‘he’ enjoyed playing with dolls, and dressing up. Things got even weirder when she preferred to line-up with girls instead of boys, and to prefer women’s clothing – it was initially thought that she was gay. However, ‘he’ did not identify as gay, and then discovered transgenders after watching a documentary. Nearing college ‘he’ had become very androgynous, but LGBT issues were considered taboo where she lived; She felt like she was a woman trapped inside a man’s body.
The final straw was when she went to the men’s toilet and became very uncomfortable. From that point, ‘he’ decided that ‘he’ wanted to transition, and despite the family’s conservative background, they started supporting her.
She became very public with her videos on each step of her transition, sharing her hormone replacement therapy procedures and even showing segments of her going under the knife to change her body. One of her most controversial videos was showing staples being pulled out of her skull as a part of one of her procedures.
After years of working on her body, Nikita has managed to successfully transition into a female, and her knowledge of beauty products enhanced her to the point that her female identity is almost unmistakable. However, her public life has attracted controversy especially due to her gender and the public decisions she’s made that not everyone agreed with.
In 2017, she received a strong backlash after appearing in the ad campaign for the makeup line of Jeffree Star. The ad featured other LGBT models, and Nikita was displayed with much darker skin than she normally looks. This caused a lot of criticism against Star which was labelled as racist.
Critics mentioned that Star should have used an African-American model instead of an Asian model painted black. Dragun defended herself stating that she is half-Mexican, and her skin is naturally dark when she tans. She expressed a lot of disappointment with the campaign reaction especially since their goal was to welcome all gender identities to the makeup line. She’s also received criticism for the men she often portrays herself being with in photos and video content she posts. According to some netizens, a lot of the men she is with are hired and are not really involved with her in any way.
For her personal life, it is known that Nikita was previously in a relationship with fashion designer Oscar Utierre, who is the founder of the company UTIERRE; his work was featured during the 2015 Denver Fashion Weekend. Aside from that, she is known to have had a lot of men in her life, as can be seen in her social media and YouTube posts, though it remains a question as to whether any of them are legitimate. Recently she’s been posting videos and photos of a man who she says is her boyfriend.
She continues to stay active on social media, posting regularly on Instagram and Twitter. She does a lot of sponsored posts and also promotes some of her recent videos. In late-2018, she attracted a lot of attention once more when, according to her, she and her trans friend were invited to a famous rapper’s party, only to be treated disrespectfully and asked to leave. Then after leaving the party, the rapper propositioned them to go to his hotel room so that they can have sex. She expressed her disappointment and her frustration in the video which has been viewed over 350,000 times.