Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Makes Her Modeling Debut
Following in her mother, the late Anna Nicole Smith's, famous Guess ad footsteps, Dannielynn Birkhead is modeling in the Spring 2013 campaign for the brand's children's division Guess Kids, the Los Angeles Times reports. This is the first time the clothing brand has ever seen a second-generation Guess Girl.
Controversy and media speculation have surrounded the series of photos as critics speculate whether it's appropriate to push a six-year-old into a modeling career. Her father and a photographer himself, Larry Birkhead, insists this is only her first modeling move and it's just for fun.
"Dannielynn has always looked up to her mom's image and said that her mom's an angel, and I think that this is kind of Dannielynn's way of paying tribute to her mom in her own special way," Birkhead told "Good Morning America." 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 continued.
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Dannielynn is seen posing on the beach and looking off into the distance, leaning against driftwood pieces and clutching the brim of a fedora. While Dannielynn's ads are a far cry from her mother's sultry campaign years ago, Guess creative director Paul Marciano explained that the little girl has the "same playful spirit that her mother had."
Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2007, spawning a much-publicized paternity battle between Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead.
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