Rachel Dolezal is back.
On Sunday, Vanity Fair published a profile of the white-turned-black former head of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP. In an interview with Allison Samuels, Dolezal once again defended her identity telling the Vanity Fair reporter, "It's not a costume," and saying she had always had an "awareness and connection with the black experience, and that's never left me."
The Internet, however, was far more interested in the story's dramatic cover photo, taken by photographer Justin Bishop.
Sitting on a wooden bench, an unsmiling Dolezal glares into the camera. Her braided hair, draped over her left shoulder, is so extensive that is literally continues out of the shot toward her unseen ankles. Twitter snark lords — led by Buzzfeed's Tracy Clayton — could not help noting the resemblance to a hip-hop album cover, and #RachelsMixtape was born.
Joking aside, the article also shed new light on what Dolezal has been up to since the controversy, most notably the relative collapse of her personal and professional life. Since her racial dissimulation unraveled, Dolezal resigned her post as chief of the Spokane NAACP and was also forced to leave a job at Eastern Washington University, where she worked as a lecturer in the African studies program.
"I've got to figure it out before August 1, because my last paycheck was like $1,800 in June," she told the magazine. Though with black women among the most unemployed demographics in the United States, it's a role Dolezal will sadly not be alone in.