Does anyone know the names of the models on the covers of the first 2 Black Sabbath Albums? The “Figure In Black” (On the cover of “Black Sabbath”) May have been named Louise, With a first name in mind, are there any possible ways to find out who this Louise is? I would also like to find the identity of the model who portrayed the “War Pig on the cover art of the “paranoid” album, does anyone also know WHERE the paranoid cover picture was taken? Thanks a million.
From that page:
"Not much is known about the eerie woman used in the photo other then she was a model/actress hired for the day and her name was Louise."
From another page some more info
Johnny Morgan and Ben Wardle write:
The ghostly figure dressed in black robes standing there is an actress hired for the shoot by Vertigo Records' in-house designer "Keef" Macmillan....She may not represent death but must have done a good job of unsettling the more pharmaceutically affected Sabbath fans. Look closely and -- supposedly -- she's holding a black cat.
Rumors abounded in the pre-internet days: She was a real witch, "she" is really Ozzy in drag, the photo was taken at an actual "black sabbath," and perhaps the best one: There was no woman at the photo shoot -- the ghostly figure only appeared when the film was developed. As fun as the legends are, that's all they are: stories. She was really there, really paid for her day's work, and might have been named Louise.
Another favorite story was that the band had no idea who the apparition was, which happens to be true, though Sabbath may have encountered "Louise" years later. Geezer Butler told author Martin Popoff for his book, Fade to Black: "We had a gig in, I believe, Lincolnshire in England, and this girl came up to us, dressed just like the cover. And she was allegedly that person. Whether it's true or not, there's no way of proving it."
for the War Pig on "Paranoid" : the photographer was Keith MacMillan (aka Marcus Keef). All the material out there about the album and its artwork only seems to mention the change in title of the album - it was originally to be called "War Pigs".
It's likely the bearded guy with the sword and the pink tights is an unknown actor/model hired for the photoshoot : an idea floated on this reddit thread