The Barbadian singer, 27, declared the former NAACP leader was ‘a bit of a hero’ for sparking the national debate on race over the summer.
Rihanna praised Dolezal in an interview for Vanity Fair, saying she ‘changed people’s perspective’.
Dolezal, 37, continued to claim she is black even after she was publicly outed by her parents as a white woman – and insisted she ‘didn’t deceive anybody’.
And Rihanna has no problem with that.
‘I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit,’ she said.
‘Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is great thing.’
She explained: ‘I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.’
After being accused of lying about her race, Dolezal was forced to resign from her position with NAACP in Spokane, Washington.
The former instructor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University also did not have her contract with the school renewed following the controversy.