Dannielynn Birkhead Modeling for GUESS
Anna Nicole’s daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, is keeping up a family tradition by getting into the modeling business. Dannielynn, 6, can currently be seen in advertisements for GUESS Kids for its spring 2013 collection. Anna Nicole shot to fame herself as a GUESS model in the early 1990s.
According to Us Magazine, Dannielynn is being raised by her father, Larry Birkhead. He says that Dannielynn asked questions about her mother’s death when the two visited Anna Nicole’s grave in the Bahamas recently. Birkhead says he has tried to keep his answers simple. He says that as his daughter gets older, he will not try to protect her from knowing the tragic facts of her mother’s death because the story is a “cautionary tale.”
“Dannielynn has the same playful spirit that her mother had on a set,” said Paul Marciano, Creative Director for GUESS?, Inc. in a press release. (The ads for the Spring 2013 campaign will appear on buses, billboards and more beginning in mid-January 2013.) Adds Marciano: “She is a second-generation GUESS girl, which makes this campaign a first for us.”
Appearing on “Good Morning America” Monday, Birkhead, 39, recalled a recent visit to the Bahamas– where Smith and her son Daniel are both buried– and the heartbreaking moment when his young daughter started asking about her deceased mother.
“And, you know [Dannielynn] said [to me], “Why did mommy die?” Birkhead told “GMA” host Robin Roberts. “And I said ‘You know, they, doctors couldn’t fix her. But if you’re good … you’ll get to see her someday.'”
Anna Nicole died when Dannielynn was only five months old. After Anna Nicole’s death, a custody battle over Dannielynn erupted between Birkhead and Howard Stern, both of whom claimed paternity. Birkhead obtained custody after a DNA test proved he was Dannielynn’s biological father.