Petite and Proud Day – May 4, 2023

It’s time for short people to take over on Petite and Proud Day on May 4. Today, see how you can embrace your small stature with nothing but pride. The day is dedicated to all people below 5 feet 4 inches high, to allow them to unapologetically be proud of their stature. Short people are often teased about their height but this day makes sure they get all the positive attention they deserve.

History of Petite and Proud Day

Today was created to give limelight to the shorter members of our society. So, if you’ve ever been a victim of jokes, Petite and Proud Day allows you to stand tall, despite your lack of height, and be proud of all the advantages that come with being so petite.

‘Petite’ is a term used to describe people below the height of 5’4”. It is often used to refer to women but is a general term that defines people of short stature. Petite people are often categorized with the same character traits of being a bit spunky and the life of the party.

Being petite comes with a lot of real-life advantages. For example, you will never have to worry about bumping your head on doors or ceilings, and you can easily fit into small spaces, should the need arise. Research even suggests you are more likely to live longer than your tall peers. These are only a few of the advantages you should be proud of on this day.

There are many petite celebrities and people who have made an impact on history as we know it. Some examples include Reese Witherspoon, Seth Green, Natalie Portman, and Eva Longoria. One of the most historically memorable petite people is Napoleon Bonaparte, who was constantly teased for his stature, accent, and speech ineptitude in his younger days, but went on to become one of the most prominent figures in the French Revolution. There is a lot of insecurity that stems from being considerably shorter than most people — Petite and Proud Day dispels these insecurities.

Petite and Proud Day timeline

1300s
Something Small

The French word ‘petit’ is created to describe something small, petty, or minor.

1700s
A Term For Shorter People

The term ‘petite’ originates from the French word ‘petit’ to describe a woman of small stature.

1800s
The Napoleon Complex

The term ‘Napoleon Complex’ is used in newspapers to mock Napoleon Bonaparte for his height.

1900s
A Term For Small Clothes

The word refers to a range of clothing with a specific height size made to fit those who are shorter.

Petite and Proud Day FAQs

Who created Petite and Proud Day?

There is currently no clear origin for Petite and Proud Day or its creator.

Is Petite and Proud Day a public holiday for petite people?

Although this holiday is all about petite people, this day is unfortunately not an observed public holiday.

Are there petite clothes?

Some brands make clothes exclusively for petite people and some popular brands also include a petite section.

Petite and Proud Day Activities

  1. Post a picture

    If you’re below 5’4” and fall into the petite category, today is all about you. Being proud is all about showing off your stature and the many advantages that come with it. Take a few full-body pictures for your social media pages today and use the hashtag #PetiteandProud to celebrate.

  2. Show love to your petite friends

    Most of us have at least one friend who falls into the petite category. Show them all the love today, let them know how proud you are of them, and encourage them to be proud of themselves as well.

  3. Throw a party

    Having a party in your honor is one of the best, most fun ways to celebrate today. Call your friends up to wine, dine, play, and have an amazing time in your presence.

5 Fascinating Facts About Height

  1. Blood clots

    Studies show that shorter people are less likely to suffer from blood clots.

  2. Cancer risks

    Research indicates that taller people might be at a greater risk of developing cancers.

  3. Height fluctuates daily

    You are the tallest when you wake up, and your spine compresses as you carry on with your day.

  4. Genes don’t cut it

    Only up to 70% of your height is determined by genetics. Environmental factors, nutrition, and other components make up the rest.

  5. We all shrink

    On average, we start shrinking about half an inch per decade after age 40.

Why We Love Petite and Proud Day

  1. It’s a confidence boost

    Petite and Proud Day is a much-needed boost of confidence for the shorter people in our society. This day helps petite people shed off a layer of insecurity and reclaim their confidence.

  2. It’s an opportunity to humbly show off

    This day provides the perfect opportunity for petite people to show off their stature. Today is all about them.

  3. It shines a positive spotlight

    Another great reason to love this day is that it highlights petite people in the most flattering way. We are usually inclined to tease and remind short people of the disadvantages they have but seem to forget all the amazing advantages that come with being petite. This day changes that and sheds a positive light on shorter people.

Petite and Proud Day dates

YearDateDay
2022May 4Wednesday
2023May 4Thursday
2024May 4Saturday
2025May 4Sunday
2026May 4Monday

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