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Rachel Dolezal Works as Black Hair Stylist After Losing Job as African Studies Professor Amid Racial Identity Controversy

In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses for a photo in her Spokane, Wash. home. Dolezal is facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black, Friday, June 12, 2015. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)
In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses for a photo in her Spokane, Wash. home. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

(New York Daily News) – Rachel Dolezal is braiding hair to make ends meet after her racial identity controversy put her in the crosshairs.

The ex-NAACP leader — who resigned as the president of the Spokane chapter after her parents revealed she is white — lost her job as an African studies professor amid the June controversy. Eastern Washington University, where Dolezal once taught classes on the politics of black hair, did not renew the beloved professor’s contract this year, she told Vanity Fair.

So in order to provide for her 13-year-old son, she now makes her living braiding and weaving black hair, she said.

The 37-year-old Washington state mom books appointments about three times a week. Dolezal, who dons a rotation of elaborate African American hairstyles, has a passion for black hair from academic and practical standpoints, she said.

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