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Rachel Dolezal has a new champion: Rihanna

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 3:28 AM

Rihanna poses in front of a classic car for Annie Leibovitz's cover gracing Vanity Fair.Vanity Fair

Rihanna has an opinion few have publicly expressed since a scandal brought down a NAACP leader accused of lying about her race.

The singer is supporting Rachel Dolezal for a wildfire of conversation she ignited about racial perceptions, she said in an interview for Vanity Fair’s latest cover.

“I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black?” 27-year-old Rihanna explained.

Dolezal resigned from her position with NAACP only to lose her jobs with the city of Spokane and Eastern Washington University after damning reports outed her as a white woman.

She had been teaching Africana studies with a seat on the city’s Police Ombudsman Commission.

Her new champion, the Barbados-born artist, graced the magazine’s November issue with stunning red hair in sultry shots by Annie Leibovitz, posed in Cuba’s peeling vintage interiors and vibrant exteriors.

Singer Rihanna thinks Rachel Dolezal is a "hero" for sparking a conversation after her summer scandal in Spokane, Washington. Marc Piasecki/GC Images

Singer Rihanna thinks Rachel Dolezal is a “hero” for sparking a conversation after her summer scandal in Spokane, Washington.

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The former NAACP chapter leader, Rachel Dolezal, had passed herself off as a black woman for years, her parents revealed. 

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Rihanna’s brief statement on Dolezal comes just months after the magazine tracked down the Spokane woman for its July issue when she most famously defended her life living as a black woman.

“It’s not a costume,” Dolezal famously said.

Rihanna backed Dolezal in a private room at Giorgio Baldi in Los Angeles.

“Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up,” Rihanna added.

nhensley@nydailynews.com


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