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Mother of Rachel Dolezal: ‘She Is Very Good at Doing Her Makeup’

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The woman who has attracted national attention for falsely portraying her race has always been skilled at changing her ethnic appearance with makeup, her mother said in a new interview, labeling her “a master artist.”

Rachel Dolezal, the 37-year-old who resigned from her position Monday as president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of NAACP following the scandal that erupted last week, “is very good at doing her makeup,” her mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, told People. “She could look like any ethnicity,” she added. “She has made herself look Asian before; it was a special event, a Chinese dinner. She always got attention.”

Earlier on Monday, court documents emerged to show Rachel Dolezal once sued Howard University over a discrimination claim; it was later tossed out by a judge. She will break her silence on Tuesday in a series of interviews.

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