50 Shades of ‘Sock Diplomacy’
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If you’re wondering what or who the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, check his ankles.

You’ve heard of fashion diplomacy, the practice whereby a female politician, or the wife of a world leader, uses clothing to convey unspoken messages about a platform or position, or as a form of outreach. You have heard of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘hug’ diplomacy, now we present to you ‘sock diplomacy’, the first-of-its-kind tactic in Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s playbook.

Confused? Let us break it down for you! The young and energetic Canadian politician, who’s always in the news for his wit and antics, has been making quite a statement with his choice of socks at certain events. Let’s take a look at Trudeau’s unusual diplomacy.

1. According to a report in the NY York Times, the Canadian PM attended the annual ‘Gay Pride Parade’ in Toronto which coincided with the Islamic festival of Eid. Consequently, Trudeau was clicked sporting a rainbow-striped pair printed with the words “Eid Mubarak”, in honour of both communities. Now that’s what we call killing two birds with one stone.

2. There was another smart display of sock diplomacy by Trudeau, back in May during a NATO meeting in Brussels, when he wore one blue sock and one pink, each with the NATO flag emblazoned on the side.

3. Trudeau meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny made headlines around the world, not for joint ventures or collaboration between the two nations, but again for Trudeau’s socks as he wore “Star Wars” socks (it was International “Star Wars” Day) on the day of the meet. We could go on, but you get the idea.

4. Meanwhile on June 5, with the Niagra Falls as the backdrop, Trudeau appeared on the American TV show “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in a rather patriotic mood. He wore maple leaf socks that are reminiscent of the Canadian national flag — which he also wore in 2015 at a gathering of Canada’s provincial heads of government.

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