The biggest small town in America

Kourtnee wears dress, bag and shoes GUCCI, necklace archive DIOR courtesy of GABRIEL HELD VINTAGE and bracelets and ankle bracelet courtesy of ALBRIGHT FASHION LIBRARY

Euphoria and Good Time casting director Michele Mansoor visits old friends in Columbus, Ohio for this story from the latest print issue of THE FACE, shot by Moni Haworth and styled by Zara Mirkin.

I met these girls through a web of work and life. Each at different phases of a long-term documentary project I am directing that was born out of a casting trip to Columbus, Ohio, back in 2016.

As a casting director it is my job to find beauty in the tiny corners of the world. I remember the first time I saw every girl in this story — Kourtnee, you and Kaylee pulled up to the parking lot. I walked up to say hello and you rolled the window down. Your beauty took my breath away.

Shawna Nicole, I met you at the old corner store on 5th and Reeb with Marion (R.I.P.) and Nautica. I never saw you after that day but I always remembered your face. Shawna Kaye, me and Gage came over when he first got out. I was being shy but it was love at first sight. My rider, my main bitch. And Paige, Gage’s little cousin, the baby sister I never had but always needed. Since the day I met you I’ve never taken my eyes off of you. How could I?

I vowed to myself that one day I’d cast you all in something”. So here we are. Thank you girls for letting us dress you up and bask in your beauty.

Michele Mansoor, Casting Director

Kourtnee wears top and skirt MIU MIU, shoes archive DIOR courtesy of GABRIEL HELD VINTAGE, necklace talent’s own, bag Y/PROJECT and bracelet courtesy of ALBRIGHT FASHION LIBRARY

Paige wears dress ISABEL MARANT and bag archive DIOR courtesy of GABRIEL HELD VINTAGE, Junior wears jacket talent’s own and mask RICK OWENS

Shawna wears dress archive VIVIENNE WESTWOOD courtesy of ALBRIGHT FASHION LIBRARY, shoes RICK OWENS and bag DOLCE & GABBANA

Shawna wears jacket and skirt CELINE BY HEDI SLIMANE, underwear stylist’s own, bag ISABEL MARANT, earrings Y/PROJECT, bracelet, ring and anklet courtesy of ALBRIGHT FASHION LIBRARY and shoes LOUIS VUITTON

Arianna wears dress MARC JACOBS, shoes CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, earrings stylist’s own, ring courtesy of GABRIEL HELD VINTAGE and bag archive DIOR courtesy of GABRIEL HELD VINTAGE

Alan wears dress CHLOÉ


CASTING DIRECTOR Michele Mansoor STYLING ASSISTANTS Darlene Park, Zach Turkson, Noah Delfiner, Pippi Nola and Jonas Harris

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