A photo has emerged of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing ‘brownface’ make-up to a party at a school where he was teaching in 2001, at a time when the leader is battling for re-election.
The yearbook picture, obtained by Time Magazine, shows Mr Trudeau wearing a turban and skin darkening make-up on his face, neck and hands for an 'Arabian Nights' costume party at the West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver.
The prime minister has since apologised for the photo.
The picture's release is particularly embarrassing for Mr Trudeau, as he is currently campaigning for re-election on 21 October on a number of progressive policies.
He is already facing criticism over a long-running corruption scandal.
During his time as prime minister, Mr Trudeau has advocated for the rights of minority groups in Canada.
A spokesperson for Mr Trudeau’s Liberal Party confirmed the validity of the photo to the magazine.
“It was a photo taken while he was teaching in Vancouver, at the school’s annual dinner which had a costume theme of ‘Arabian Nights'", said media relations lead Zita Astravas.
"He attended with friends and colleagues dressed as a character from Aladdin,” she said.
Mr Trudeau is expected to address to reporters about the photo.