The Petite USA Pageant was founded by Hazely Lopez-Alvarez in 2009. This pageant serves women 5'6" and less. It serves as the United States' official preliminary for the Miss Universal Petite pageant.
This pageant explains that, "with a vision of serving, Petite USA is more than just a pageant. The Petite USA Family is a sisterhood that embraces healthy competition and a heart to serve others through our leadership and outreach. Each contestant is asked to champion a "Personal Platform" that is near and dear to her heart to encourage leadership, community service, and kindness."