Justin Trudeau said he “deeply regrets” a photo which shows the Canadian prime minister having darkened his skin with makeup for a costume party.
Whilst admitting he was wrong to wear the make up, he has said he is unsure how many times he did so.
Two further images and videos of the Ottawa’s leader have since emerged, leading to him conceding his privilege as an influential white man has given him “blind spots” to those who suffer racism and discrimination.
Time magazine posted the photo, which came from the yearbook from the West Point Grey Academy, a private school in British Colombia where Mr Trudeau worked as a teacher before entering politics.
Mr Trudeau was photographed wearing a turban with a robe, along with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck to a costume party in 2001.
Trudeau, who launched his re-election campaign exactly one week ago, said he should have known better.
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