I actually think he looks much better without makeup even now, post-FFS. I don't think he looks very good wearing makeup, especially not the drag queen stuff. He should opt for no makeup or just a little bit of foundation if he really must. Somehow, when he wears makeup, the differences between his face and a female face are accentuated, probably because for a lot of us our brains are used to seeing makeup on female faces.1. Nyk honestly just resembles and acts like a flamboyant gay man doing a drag act. Everything about him just 'reads' like a drag queen instead of a natural woman, whether it be his choice of wardrobe, the manner in which his makeup was applied, the way his voice sounds (*and* especially his choice of words and phrasing), and of course his mannerisms and body language. Watching the video just made apparent how "clockable" he is, especially whenever he opens his mouth or moves. The people in Baltimore are just being polite in public by addressing him as a woman. I can pretty much guarantee that everyone who isn't literally autistic or blind has a moment of temporary confusion when they first see him, where their brain's facial pattern recognition system goes "Huh?", as they recognize that they're seeing a man, except obscured with some unusual plastic surgery and wearing the sort of loud and obnoxious clothes and makeup styling that only club whores (or a newly transitioned MtF) would go out in public wearing. My point here isn't to just rudely drag (heh) Nyk down; instead it's to point out how he's still got a LONG ways to go if his eventual goal is to truly fit in and be read as a natural woman and go completely "stealth mode" in public -- BUT that there *are* things that he's doing which overtly "out" him as a tranny -- if he doesn't care about that, then fine, whatever -- but if he DOES care about being perceived as a 'true and honest woman', he ought to reconsider where he's getting inspiration for his mannerisms and phrasing from, as well as reconsidering his selection of outfits and makeup application. These are all things that wouldn't be that difficult to modify, and would do a lot towards minimizing the likelihood of him getting clocked so easily.
This is exactly what I think too. Nyk changed everything about his mannerisms so drastically in such a short amount of time. His supporters will probably try and construe that as him "finally being able to be himself". But like you said, he never showed any indication he was naturally flamboyant. I think it's because he doesn't have a personality. You always see with these people, especially narcissists, that they tend to live vicariously through other people and adopt other people's mannerisms. Nyk is something of a blank slate in my opinion. Just watch any of his older (2016 - 2017) videos and try to write down 5 adjectives to describe him. You can't really come up with anything meaningful. "Awkward" comes to mind but not much else. I think Nyk is one of those narcissistic, hollow leeches who have no problem jumping from one persona to another as it suits.3. It's jarring to see a comparison of Nyk from 3-4~ years ago and Nyk as he is now. The old Nyk was an earnest nerd that came across as straight, whereas Nyk now is incredibly flamboyant, almost to the point of self-parody or cariacature. I suppose that this could be a result of a near constant consumption of Rupaul's Drag Race and other gay media, but the old Nyk didn't even seem to have a hint of bisexuality or closeted gayness to him, so it's just odd to see a person go from one extreme to the other. Most of the other transpeople I've known at least had hints of the opposite gender or gayness in their pre-transition presentations; with Nyk it really does seem like a trend that he jumped on and went full-blown, all-out, no-holds-barred drag queen.
Considering he is none of these things, the stress should be kept to a minimum.What's the most stressful thing about being you?
I produce content about complex social issues, and my audience expects me to be thorough, nuanced, well-read, persuasive to outsiders, and deferential to insiders while somehow at the same time being irreverently funny. I'm very stressed right now.