In a new interview with Vanity Fair, pop superstar Rihanna called Rachel Dolezal "a bit of a hero," praising the former Spokane, Wash., NAACP official for "[waking] people up."

Dolezal, 37, resigned from the position after her family revealed that she was born and raised as a white woman, but had been passing herself off as African-American in recent years.

"I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit," the singer explained.

“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," Rihanna told the magazine in a feature story for the upcoming issue.

Dolezal, who also left her job teaching African studies at Eastern Washington University, maintained in a July sit-down with Vanity Fair that she had not been wearing a "costume" all these years.

“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," she said.

"It’s not something that I can put on and take off anymore. 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.”

Read the full Vanity Fair piece about Rihanna, here.


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