No saying is truer on National Short Person Day than “great things come in small packages.” Looking for examples? How about Dolly Parton? Or Prince? Did you know Beethoven stood only 5-foot-2? They certainly didn’t let their height hold them back. Whether you’re tall and have short people in your life, or you yourself are short, it’s a time to celebrate. On this day, own your shortness and/or honor your short friends and family members.
National Short Person Day timeline
An elevator shoe company opened
Tall Men Shoes — the leader in the elevator shoe (shoes that increase the height of their wearers) market— is founded in Southern California.
High heels received the royal treatment
Queen Elizabeth I is painted wearing a pair of heels, making her the first person to be documented wearing them.
Heels that take you to new heights
Chopines are shoes that raised their wearers up to 18 inches. These shoes protected clothes from mud and street dust. They became very popular in Venice and were worn by noblewomen and courtesans.
National Short Person Day Activities
Point out the plus side of being short
Tall, average, short, doesn’t matter — on National Short Person Day, make it a priority to acknowledge the many positives of being short. For instance, point out to people in your life who are short — or remind yourself — that being short means your have more legroom on airplanes and in cars. Also, you have your choice of petite or normal clothing sections, and you don’t have to worry about blocking a person’s view at a concert or movie theater.
Celebrate your friends
Make sure you let the short people in your life know how great they are. Whether you shoot them a text telling them it’s National Short Person Day, or call them up to let them know how great they are, just make sure they feel loved and accepted.
Wear flat shoes (if you're tall)
Make the decision to stay away from any shoes that’ll add height and instead show your support by wearing the flattest shoes you own.
5 Short (and Vastly Successful) People
Dolly Parton (5 feet)
This iconic country singer has a powerful voice and famous feisty demeanor; she even has her own theme park: Dollywood.
Danny DeVito (4 feet 11 inches)
He's a versatile actor, producer, and director with an impressive career that spans stage, television and film. DeVito recently said he has "no plans" to ever retire from acting.
Prince (5 feet 3 inches)
Hailing from Minneapolis, he's the rare performer with a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award. Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense, and wide vocal range.
Ludwig Van Beethoven (5 feet 2 inches)
He's quite possibly the greatest classical composer of all time. Beethoven was nearly deaf during the final decade of his life.
Yuri Gagarin (5 feet 2 inches)
This Soviet pilot and cosmonaut became the first human to journey into outer space — completing one orbit of Earth in 1961.
Why We Love National Short Person Day
It promotes acceptance
Whether you’re a short person or have short people in your life, National Short Person Day serves as a reminder to accept people for who they are. Let's certainly not judge anyone based on their height. And remember, it's a time to point out that no matter what sets us apart from one another, it’s important to embrace the differences.
It highlights diversity
Different heights, sizes, and ethnicities — among other traits that set us apart — is what makes the world so special. Luckily, National Short Person Day serves as yet another way to celebrate diversity.
It can help boost confidence
Fortunately, the positive vibes of National Short Person Day encourage short people to own their height.