10 Inspirational Petites

By on August 3, 2017

Being Petite

Since this blog is Backcountry Petite, I think it’s important to discuss being petite such as options and ideas for petite gear and inspiration for other petite women to be strong and confident.  I already discussed a bit about the “struggles” but also how to empower yourself regardless of size.  One of the goals of Backcountry Petite is to show you that small ladies like myself can do everything anyone else can (except maybe reach the top shelf), but that we don’t need to just be dainty and cute.  I’m going to share some inspirational adventurers and athletes that didn’t let their petite sizes slow them down.

10 Inspirational Petites


#1: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

Camille is 5’2″ and is the winner of the 2014 Crossfit Games (2017 starts today!!), giving her the title that year for “Fittest Woman on Earth”.  If you’re not familiar with Crossfit, it is not scaled by size like weightlifting is.  This means Camille is judged on the same weights and distances as all of the other female competitors.

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#2: Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick is well-known for her career in car racing, competing in races such as NASCAR.  She holds a lot of achievements for “firsts” for women in racing.  She also models occasionally.

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#3: Sasha DiGiulian

Sasha is an American rock climber.  She’s only 5’2″ but the first American woman to climb a “9a” and the first to climb one of the most difficult routes on Eiger (in the Alps).  She is an overall female world champion!




#4: Alyse Brautigam

She might not be a famous worldwide athlete but she’s got a huge following online.  This petite (4’10”) internet sensation established “Raw Alignment” which helps people love themselves and feel empowered.  She follows a raw vegan diet and helps women learn to love their natural bodies, be fit and healthy, and practice minimalism.

Personally, she caught my eye because she was out hiking the Appalachian Trail and is in recovery from an eating disorder.


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#5: Jillian Michaels

You’ve probably seen Jillian on The Biggest Loser, and if not heard of her as an intense personal trainer.  At only 5’2″ she’s a great example of a strong and healthy body, especially for being over the age of 40.

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#6: “Tiny Tiff”

Tiny Tiff (Tiffany Leung) is a powerlifting champion in the 97- and 105-lb weight class.  She currently holds the world record in the squat for 97 lbs by squatting 287 lbs.  She also holds the American record for the 105-lb class squatting 270 lbs.  She is a fitness enthusiast and while continuing to compete she also is a fitness trainer.

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#7: Herica Tiburcio

Herica is only 4’11” but competes in MMA fighting (mixed martial art).  She is currently the top ranked female in her weight class (the lowest called “atomweight”).  According to, she is the #38 ranked “best pound for pound” female MMA fighter.  Herica is from Brazil and competes at Invicta Fighting Championships and was also the youngest champion in history.



#8: Simone Biles

I’m sure you’ve heard of this tiny but amazing gymnast that competed for USA in the Olympics!  Yes, most gymnasts are small and at 4’8″, she’s a gold medalist with the most Olympic and World Championship medals.

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#9: Jean from “Extra Petite”

I know Jean isn’t a famous athlete or anything but there are other inspirational and empowering things besides strength and athletics.  I put her as an inspiration because she uses her petite size to help other petite women with fashion.  She’s one of the earliest bloggers I have been following when I was looking for brands I could shop for.   I put her on this list because by helping smaller women find clothes that fit properly and learn how to tailor them, it can help a lot with confidence!



#10: Deena Kastor

I’m not much into the world of running but at 5’4″, Deena holds a lot of records!  As someone who has never been a great runner, I’m always impressed when someone can complete any long distance run.  She holds U.S. records for women’s marathon, half marathon, 10 mile, 15k, 8k, and 5k.  She also won bronze in the 2004 Olympic marathon, and won the 2005 Chicago Marathon and 2006 London Marathon.


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    August 3, 2017

    I’ve actually never heard of these lovely ladies; thanks for sharing Rachel! I gotta go check them out now 🙂

    cabin twenty-four

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      August 7, 2017

      Thanks Eena!

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    August 5, 2017

    Good list. I’m petite as well! I’m 5’0″ and 94 lbs. Although, I unlike these lovely ladies, I’m lazy. lol That’s my downfall.

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      August 5, 2017

      By the way, this is Britney from Surrealistique (

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      August 7, 2017

      It’s all a mindset – you can change anything you want! For example, try some fitness classes of different varieties, you’ll find something you like. 🙂

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    August 8, 2017

    Great idea for a list, Rachel. I don’t know any inspirational petite woman off the top of my head, which is SO sad! These ladies are truly inspiring and strong. No longer can I use my height or petiteness as an excuse, hahaha.

    Simply Lovebirds

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      August 8, 2017

      no definitely not! some things may be harder as a petite but you can still work your way up to doing anything! (except reaching tall shelves without a stool…)

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I am Rachel, an early 30's Midwestern girl residing in NYC with my husband and dog. I have learned to appreciate the city but am also a huge adventure girl. Follow along with my outdoor adventures as well as my city adventures and fitness journey. I'm an advocate of empowering other petite women not to be limited by our size!


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