Photos: Princess party for polygamous-sect girls celebrates reading, teaches them a little bit about makeup

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A princess party was thrown for several young FLDS girls in Colorado City, Ariz., Friday March 16, 2018, as a reward for reading books. Before the party, Angela Bistline showed her braids.

Hildale • Girls and young women from the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints received a reward for reading Friday evening.

About 30 who read the requisite number of books got to attend a princess party. They dressed in gowns, most of which they and women from the FLDS sewed. Some participants also wore heels, put on makeup for the first time and went to the party at a home decorated for a ball.

The event was organized by Voices For Dignity, a nonprofit that has been working with people in and out of the sect in Hildale, Utah, and adjacent Colorado City, Ariz., collectively known as Short Creek.

A separate, nonprincess event is planned for FLDS boys.