Rihanna praises 'hero' Rachel Dolezal: 'Is it so horrible she pretended to be black?'
Former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal has an unlikely champion in her corner - Rihanna.
The Bitch Better Have My Money singer (27) defended Dolezal, who lied about her race, in the newest issue of Vanity Fair.
Dolezal made international headlines in June and lost her job as president of her local NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington as well as her job as a teacher at Eastern Washington University, where she had been teaching Africana studies, after her parents "outed" her as a black woman.
“I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit," Rihanna told the magazine in her cover story.
"Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.”
When asked about her behaviour, Dolezal, who wore dreadlocks and tanned her skin, said: "It’s not a costume."
"I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that’s never left me.”
“Like I said, I’ve had my years of confusion and wondering who I really [was] and why and how do I live my life and make sense of it all, but I’m not confused about that any longer. I think the world might be—but I’m not.”