Short petite girls have always been side-lined by beauty pageants, no matter how beautiful they might look. The height that is required in beauty pageants like Miss World and Miss Universe has always been 1.7m and above, which always disadvantages many aspirants. This then led to the introduction of Miss Universal Petite, which aims to celebrate the petite woman and let them shine alongside their taller counterparts.
Botswana’s Miss Universal Petite One Mariri, who will be going to represent Botswana in the United States of America(USA), in Miami this July, has been engaging with a lot of young people around the country in order to help instil the spirit of giving in young people. With the One Love Charity Drive that she formed she has been into charitable causes partnering with the former Big Brother Hotshot Contestant Goitse to raise money for 14 year old Abbie Ntshabele who had to go for cancer surgery. Mariri donated clothes to Motswedi Rehabilitation Centre, which is a centre for the disabled in Mochudi.
The donations were from students in Molefhi Secondary School in Mochudi and from Kgale Junior Secondary School. The 23 year old ABM university student who is studying Human Resource Management said her aim in her campaign is to mobilise young people to understand the importance of giving and helping those who are in need. “I always encourage young people to be a helping hand to the community and to the people around them," she said. In partnership with Riverwalk mall, Mariri and her team asked for toiletry donations from the shoppers, which proved to be a success. She urged Batswana to continue with the spirit of giving.