Alice in Chains released their second album “Dirt” on September 29, 1992. The cover featured an eerie image of a girl half buried in the desert dirt by photographer Rocky Schneck.
It is assumed by most Alice in Chains fans that the model used for the album cover was Layne Staley’s girlfriend Demri Parrott.
Although she looks exactly like Demri, the actual model used for the album cover is model/actress Mariah O’Brien.
In 2010, Schneck told Revolver Magazine,
“Everyone always asks if that is Demri Parrott on the “Dirt” Cover. I think Demri’s name might have been mentioned as a possible model once or twice, but it was never a serious consideration.”
Schenck was familiar with O’Brien as he had previously used her as a model for the Spinal Tap single cover of “Bitch School“.
After the eight hour “Dirt” photo session O’Brien rapidly darted off to the bathroom and left her wig embedded in the dirt. Schenck snapped a few photos which were subsequently used for the 1999 release Alice in Chains Music Bank box set.
Demri Parrott was later featured on the Mad Season album cover in 1995 and she sadly passed away in 1996. Click below and check it out…