Amid all the controversy surrounding the race of Rachel Dolezal, a report by TMZ on Wednesday said that the civil rights activist was a regular customer at the Palm Beach Tan in Spokane, Washington. Dolezal, who led the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), however, says that she doubts that her tan was due to the sun.
A spray tan expert told TMZ said that Dolezal was a medium tan person. The report added that she favored Mystic Tan, a type of spray tan.
A visit to the Palm Beach Tan -- which offers light, medium and dark shades -- costs $30, but there are also packages for $60 a month, according to TMZ.
The latest report follows a Tuesday interview with Dolezal’s parents, who said that she never showed any signs of wanting to be black as a child. However, after her parents adopted black children, she reportedly began almost exclusively painting and sculpting portraits of African-Americans.
“It was very noticeable,” Larry Dolezal, her father, said in the telephone interview, adding: “She loved the black people and embraced black as beautiful.”
Rachel has repeatedly defended herself by saying that she identifies as black.
"From a very young age, I felt a very spiritual, visceral, just a very instinctual connection with ‘black is beautiful,’ just the black experience and wanting to celebrate that. And I didn’t know how to articulate that as a young child,” Rachel said in an NBC Today show on Tuesday, adding: "I identify as black."
The controversy gained international focus after an investigation began into alleged hate crimes against Rachel.