Larry Birkhead: Dannielynn Modeled For Her Mom

Like mother, like daughter.

Following in her model mom’s footsteps, 6-year-old Dannielynn Birkhead made her modeling debut in Guess Kids ads released on Monday. And the gorgeous girl’s father, Larry Birkhead, says it’s a special tribute to her later mother, Anna Nicole Smith.

And who could forget Anna Nicole, who burst onto the modeling scene herself in sexy Guess ads in the early ’90s.

“Dannielynn has always looked up to her mom’s image and . . . I think that this is kind of Dannielynn’s way of paying tribute to her mom in her own special way,” Larry, 39, said on Good Morning America Tuesday.

Larry has raised Dannielynn since the Playboy model’s drug overdose death in 2007; their daughter was just 5-months-old at the time.

“To see her mom’s picture next to hers as a Guess girl and say, ‘Hey, I was a Guess Kids girl, my mommy was a Guess girl,’ that might be her only connection with her mom,” he shared.

Still, the single dad said it’s all in good fun.

“My goal for her is for her to be a child and just do what all kids do,” he added.

“Dannielynn has the same playful spirit that her mother had on a set,” praised Paul Marciano, Creative Director for GUESS?, Inc. in a statement.

Filed under: Dannielynn Birkhead,Larry Birkhead

Photo credit: Guess

  • HDP

    She’s just as beautiful as her mother was – stunning.
    It’s so sad that she never got to know her mother – and so sad that Anna died so young, but I do feel this little girl might now get a chance to grow up unaffected by the many many problems that her older brother had to deal with growing up surrounding Anna’s life, which unfortunately also lead to his and her death.

    Such a sad story – but I’m just glad she’s got a good dad and can grow up normal (even if he does use her name to get some cash, eg. the modelling, but who can blame him, he needs to put food on the table.)

  • Tara

    What’s sad is that this poor man who obviously adores his child felt the need to give the public an “explanation” as to why Dannielynn is modeling. It’s NONE of our business. He is a good father and has done a great job at rising above all the nonsense.

    • Anonymous

      Read the other thread about her modeling and you’ll see why he felt the need to explain. Vicious, simply vicious.

      • Tara

        I know! It was appalling. There was never any question about his devotion to the child (I believe that was all directed to the other guy Anna Nicole was with at the time of her death). Larry seems nothing but genuinely interested in what’s best for her and he seems to be doing a darn good job.

        To be honest I find 90% of the people who post on this board to be extremely mean spirited;(

        • KTGrace


    • N.S

      No Tara, like HDP said – whats SAD is that she no longer has her mother or brother. What YOUR talking about is just unfortunate. Have some respect.

      • Tara

        Disagree with you. It’s very sad she lost her mother and brother. However she has no recollection of them. From personal experience the pain usually lies within those you know. Therefore the fact that her father who she knows adores her ,had to defend a choice he made and one in which she appears to enjoy, is a disgrace. And the comments on a web that are there for an eternity about his doing it for financial gain is nothing short of appalling.

      • Anon

        Actually while it’s a shame Anna Nicole is dead it’s better that dannylin is not raised in that toxic environment.
        And how is pointing out that her dad shouldn’t have to defend his choices disrespectful? Clue me in because I see nothing offensive about what Tara or Anonymous said.

  • kle

    she is soooooo beautiful and sweet.. I wish more lucky and happiness !

  • Lynn

    She is so beautiful. She got the best features from each parent.

    Larry, from what I’ve seen, seems to have been taking excellent care of her. I’ve seen them together on television and the love between them is obvious. I’m just going to trust that his motives are pure.

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