Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn, 6, models for Guess: way too young?

Dannielynn Birkhead

These are images from the upcoming Guess Kids advertising campaign featuring Dannielynn Birkhead, who is the daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith and (one-time) photographer Larry Birkhead. If I’m not mistaken, Larry and Anna met for the first time at the Kentucky Derby in 2004, and a few years later, Larry fathered a child with Anna. Shady, sketchy hanger-on Howard K. Stern initially claimed paternity and Larry had to go to court and take a paternity test to prove he was the father of little Dannielynn.

Certainly, this was an inauspicious beginning for a young girl to face, but it really has seemed like Larry has stepped up to the plate and performed his duties as a loving father to the child. Until now, in fact, things have seemed pretty normal for Dannielynn, but now I’m shaking my head a little bit at Larry’s decision to let his 6-year-old daughter star in a modelling campaign (while wearing a denim miniskirt, no less). It seems slightly inappropriate, no? Larry insists that these ads are merely a one-off “homage” to Anna Nicole’s very own Guess ads. Here are the details:

Dannielynn Birkhead

Anna Nicole Smith’s 6-year-old daughter has modeling in her genes. The sandy-haired spawn will follow in her mom’s footsteps and be a prominent face for a Guess clothing campaign launching in January, the denim-driven company said Monday.

Dad Larry Birkhead brushed off criticism Dannielynn is too young for the spotlight and said her participation in a recent Malibu photo shoot for the children’s version of the famous fashion line was a one-time homage to Smith.

“It’s really a tribute to her mom more than anything. She’s not going to be a model,” dad Larry Birkhead said. “Her mom’s history with Guess was very positive. The ads were iconic and timeless.” He said his precious progeny even had a school assignment where she talked about the experience and how it connected to her mom.

“She asked me if she was going to be on the shopping bags like her mom. She was really excited about it,” Birkhead said. “She had great time on the shoot. It was really just a day at the beach, playing in the sand.” He said all proceeds from the gig will be set aside for Dannielynn. Her plan is to become a doctor, a birthday cake baker or the owner of an ice cream truck, he said with a laugh.

“People have said she’s already stepping into her mom’s shoes, and that’s very broad. I want to be clear this was just a tribute. She’s still a kid at heart, and she’s going to stay that way as long as possible,” he stressed.

The photos of Dannielynn and fellow model Peyton Edmonds, the daughter of singer Babyface, were directed by Guess Creative Director Paul Marciano. “Dannielynn has the same playful spirit that her mother had on a set,” Marciano said in a statement. “She is a second-generation Guess girl, which makes this campaign a first for us.”

The 2013 ad campaign will appear in international fashion magazines, on buses and on billboards beginning early next year, the company said.

Anna Nicole Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007 after a long battle with addiction and a downward spiral partially portrayed on the E! reality series “The Anna Nicole Show.” Birkhead, 39, quickly filed an emergency order to gain custody of Dannielynn and has been raising her in Los Angeles.

He said Marciano is “like family,” and the company’s consistent use of Anna Nicole’s image generates income for her estate. “I talk to the company quite frequently” he said, declining to say who first proposed the idea of Dannielynn modeling. “I told them we had to be sure this was a positive experience. They were so great. We all made sure she was having fun.”

[From NY Daily News]

These ads seem to be far too much far too soon (just like Kaia Gerber’s age 11 Versace campaign after which even Cindy Crawford decided to pull the plug). It’s great that Larry has encouraged his daughter to look up to her mother (to an extent, no doubt), but this child is merely of kindergarten age. Why so soon? Dannilynn will undoubtedly still be gorgeous when she grows up, and there’s no huge hurry for her to get there. Let a kid be a kid.

Here’s some of Anna Nicole’s Guess ads from the 1990s. Once upon a time (before all the drugs), she was a bombshell.

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith

Photos courtesy of Guess

 

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  1. marie says:

    she’s a pretty little girl, having known Anna’s background and turnout you would think he could keep his daughter as far away from modeling/public eye as possible.. wait, till she’s old enough to make her own decisions..

  2. Elceibeno says:

    I hope her daddy is not forcing her to model. That would be wrong. On the other hand she might become a supermodel and make tons of money.

  3. GoodCapon says:

    She looks so much like her!

    It’s for Guess KIDS so I think it’s okay for her to model… however I would choose more appropriate outfits for her.

  4. gee says:

    I think they’re fine. I read somewhere (dlisted maybe?) that Birkhead said she would only be doing this with Guess Kids and thats it. Hopefully.

  5. Riana says:

    I think it’s a poor choice to let her do this so young, but who knows there may have been something about this shoot that he felt she could do.

    Side note, is that really a miniskirt? I’m on my phone so everythings smaller but I didn’t notice at all till the writer mentioned.

  6. Launicaangelina says:

    I worry because Danny Birkhead was one of many of Anna’s enablers. Actually, he lacked the backbone the reign Anna in and I hope he doesn’t let Dannielynn push him over when she gets older.

    • bella says:

      what are you talking about? danny birkhead enabler?

    • Miss Lafleur says:

      Who is Danny Birkhead??? The father of the child is Larry Birkhead. He has basically stayed out of the spotlight except for a few choice interviews and now opportunity with Guess. Seems like he’s an amazing single dad, living in Kentucky, not Hollywood.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I was going to say…I’m sure you can say plenty of things about Larry Birkhead but this man has always struck me as a VERY protective, loving, and involved father to this little girl. This is the only reason why I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt here. I’m willing to believe that this was something Dannielynn wanted and he indulged her. My opinion is that she’s too young, but the photos aren’t inappropriate or anything..she’s adorable BTW.

  7. bea says:

    Wow, she really looks like ANS.

    I can’t see this as a “one time only” thing. Way too young to get her involved.

  8. p says:

    I am guessing that raising this child is rather expensive. And while he is a photographer, I suppose his ability to earn isn’t very high. They have security detail etc. Larry appears to be doing a good job and is very attentive to this little girl, she appears to be a nice sweet innocent thing. Cut the guy a little slack. Only time will tell. As long as he chooses these projects carefully and continues to shelter her, a little modelling shouldn’t destroy her or lead her down the same path as her mother. Her mother and this child so far have had COMPLETELY different childhoods.

  9. steeze says:

    Um… ya there are plenty of child models out there for children’s clothes and toys. Everyone can just relax already.

  10. SmokeyBlues says:

    She’s so cute and sweet. Makes me wish her mother could see her.
    And those ads of Anna’s make me long for the 90s, when models had actual curves!
    Anyway I think time will tell if this is the beginning of a career too young, or an innocent one time project. Jury is still out here.

  11. bella says:

    Larry Birkhead started to exploit Dannielynn from the moment he obtained custody in April 2007. “My baby is not for sale”, said Birkhead before he obtained custody…He sold first pictures of his kid to OK mag. for $1.8m. He is constanly on Access Hollywood, ET and other tabloids. He treated Dannielynn as a lucrative commodity for sale. Guess campaign is not a surprise. He exploits motherless child and her tragic mom who ovedosed on drugs just like her son Daniel. His only income is Dannielynn. He has no job since 2007. It’s very sad that a child supports a healthy dad wannabe manager. Dannielynn should have her own identity. She shouldn’t live in the shadow of her infamous mother.

  12. Emma says:

    Seeing those Anna Nicole pictures it makes it clear where Kate Upton is trying to get her inspiration from…. but Kate is just way too budget looking!!!

  13. Syko says:

    I don’t really see a problem with it, the clothes are age-appropriate, and she’s not doing faux-sexy. Adorable little girl.

  14. Kaye says:

    In that first picture she reminds me of Chloe Moretz.

  15. Joanna says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with it. the pictures aren’t sexual in nature. kids model all the time, why not her?

  16. Ms Kay says:

    Call me crazy but on the first pic Dannielynn looks like Knox Jolie-Pitt… O_O

  17. Carolin says:

    My first thoughts on this were that she’s getting exploited and that “Daddy” needs money.
    Modelling is no job for a 6-year-old, no matter whose daughter she is.

    • Velouria says:

      6 year olds model all the time for kids clothing ads. If Dannielynn wasn’t modeling in this ad, another 6 year old would be. It’s not like it was her or Giselle for this ad.

      I don’t know if it’s sweet or just too ironic that she’s modeling for the same brand that her mother did. I’m not superstitious at all, but I would probably steer clear of Guess of all companies if I were her father for that very reason.

      • gg says:

        Guess broke Anna. She was unknown before then. So Larry of course would feel positive about this company especially if he wanted a lucrative deal. I’m thinking he’s probably waited for her to grow up to do this very thing. I don’t think he’s all bad for having her model a bit; I’ve seen much worse with celeb kids. I’m just a little wary of him – he’s not the sharpest in the crayon box.

      • Minty says:

        @gg:

        Not quite. Anna was the cover model and centerfold in the March 1992 issue of Playboy and was later chosen as 1993 Playmate of the Year. That’s what made her famous. People paid much more attention to Playboy models then compared to now. Because Anna had a voluptuous body like Jayne Mansfield, she next became the model for Guess ads, in which she was styled to resemble Jayne in their 1950s-inspired photos.

    • Relli says:

      I “retired” from modeling at age 6. Granted I wasnt the second coming of Gia, but by age 6 i had done a few local tv commercials, 1 national print ad and a national tv commercial, not bad fir starting at 4. Like the commenter said below of her nephew modeling, its not high pressure its taking pictures of them playing.

  18. Micki says:

    I’ll start barking after her second add.
    So far I prefer to take him by his word and wait for further development.

  19. oh dear says:

    call me a prude but in my opinion little girls should not be wearing mini skirts without at least some tights/shorts underneath.
    if she bends over to pick something up or to tie her shoes you could probably see her panties. thats not ok on a child imo.
    i mean, this looks like a mini adult, not a child.

    i dont want to imagine all the pervy pedos checking her out in that sick kind of way :S

  20. Katyusha says:

    But…she’s modeling children’s clothes.
    What’s the difference between child models and child actors who do commercials?

  21. Nanz says:

    Birkhead’s quote makes me think that if he says the word “mom” enough, then people will be okay with it. The pictures are definitely cute – she’s a beautiful child. But if it is a tribute to her mom, why not wait until she’s a little older? I don’t know what the right answer is.

  22. Erinn says:

    What a gorgeous little girl. Maybe she wants to model. And if he really is interested in limiting her exposure to campaigns that aren’t going to have her looking like a tart, then let her do it!

    The outfits are really cute. I see girls dressing like that around here all the time. However, if I had a daughter that age, she’d be wearing bike shorts under that skirt.

  23. Marianne says:

    I dont think Larry has a real job anymore, and that’s why he has to pimp out his daughter. You would think that after all the things that fame did to Anna Nicole, he would want DanniLynn to stay far away…but no apparently.

  24. Jewbitch says:

    Kids model clothes every day. Her clothes are age appropriate. I’d dress my girls in that outfit. And I dress them pretty modestly. Most all skirts for girls that age, have built in shorts.
    She’s a pretty girl. If she wasn’t ANS’s daughter, I don’t think this would even be an “issue”

  25. Kellie says:

    I think she will be fine. Her dad is doing a great job and I loved Anna Nicole from the moment she hit the scene-may she rest in peace.

  26. tmbg says:

    At first I thought, “Oh no,” but her dad seems like a grounded guy who doesn’t force her into the spotlight at all. The only time we ever seem to see them in public is when they attend the Kentucky Derby.

    Anna Nicole didn’t have much guidance in her life as her parents were messed up (if I recall correctly). Dannielynn seems to have a solid foundation, at least from what I’ve seen and read.

  27. claire says:

    1. She is gorgeous!
    2. Letting her model doesn’t mean she is going to necessarily follow her mom’s path. She could be in any profession and become addicted to drugs. It happens.
    3. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and doing a good job with his daughter, thus far.

  28. kay says:

    Kids model all the time, Sears, etc etc. She’s a cute kid.

    I don’t like that they called her “spawn”. who writes that about a kid?!

  29. Diva says:

    If he starts turning into Kris Jenner’s people can get upset but one photoshoot isn’t the end of the world.

  30. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    I’ve worked for a cleaning company contracted by Guess – Guess is very slow to pay their accounts for the work that was done in good faith by the company – even though this company rakes in the $$$. I guess Guess wants the work done for free since they are such an ‘iconic’ company and boycott their products.

  31. dorothy says:

    Too young, considering her mother’s problems with fame, etc….

  32. junegorilla says:

    I got stuck at Cindy Crawford naming her daughter Versace.

  33. Amanda says:

    Aw, she’s a pretty little girl. I don’t see why people think this is exploitation. I mean, who else is going to model kids clothes other than kids?

  34. DeltaJuliet says:

    Call me weird but I never found ANS to be especially pretty. Don’t know what it was, but I always found her look to be “off”. That little girl, however, is absolutely gorgeous.

    • Minty says:

      You’re not weird. I agree with you about Anna Nicole (born Vickie Lynn Hogan). Her face was too broad and she had a huge jaw. Apart from the bolt-ons, she did have a healthy, curvy body at the beginning of her fame and she was styled to look glamorous in Guess ads. That image was negatively offset by her vapid personality and drunken (or drugged-up) ramblings. She came from humble beginnings (nothing wrong with that), but she never evolved beyond her trailer park attitude and “stripper/Playboy model” history.

      I also got annoyed by her cheap copying of her idol, Marilyn Monroe, which imitated the sensuality without having any of the sweetness or the talent. Anna and Jayne Mansfield were both sleazy knockoffs.

      While I’m at it, this overuse of the word “iconic” has gotten out of hand. Guess ads, while memorable, are not iconic, considering they just ripped off the black and white celebrity photography of the 1950s-60s. There’s no originality when you are duplicating the past. The actual photos from that past are timeless because they are still copied. The copies themselves are disposable.

      Even worse, now Guess ads use malnourished stick models to sell retro imagery, which is ridiculous because the female figures idealized during the ’50s-’60s had T&A curves.

      I hope her daughter later finds a fulfilling career AWAY from the spotlight.

  35. Lisa says:

    It looks like they’re trying to make her not look six, which isn’t the same as a kid trying to dress older by wearing their mom’s clothes. Child modeling is fine, (almost did it myself), and it is for a kid’s line, I guess I’m just weirded out by how far their clothes have come. It isn’t sexual, just oddly grown-up.

  36. Hmmm says:

    Good ol’ Larry, ever the opportunist. Kid doesn’t stand a chance at a normal life.

  37. mia says:

    She’s darling and her dad is a photographer himself…I see nothing wrong with her modeling for a chidren’s catalog.
    The outfits are appropriate.

  38. molly says:

    BEAUTIFUL little girl. Her father will watch over her very close I hope. I love the ads, looks so sweet.

  39. DlovesC says:

    These are great shots. Age appropriate and adorable. That outfit type is my 7 year old’s favorite and I would encourage her to wear as opposed to some of the alternatives that are out there. He has proven he has his child’s best interests at heart. Everyone stop being so judgmental…

  40. Shelly says:

    I think the photos are fine. Nothing wrong with her denim skirt. She is a beautiful child.

  41. KellyinSeattle says:

    I think Larry is a good father, and I don’t think this modeling is a problem. Seems he wants to protect her but not keep her in a glass bubble.
    I really miss Anna Nicole. She had a certain spirit about her. She and Dannielynn’s brother Daniel would both be proud of her. I think that was the saddest thing ever when Anna lost her son. I just hope her daughter will flourish in whatever she does…

  42. Sweet Dee says:

    Well, SOMEone’s child is going to model those clothes. Child models are in all campaigns. We only care because her mother was famous?

    Or should all children’s clothing be displayed on mannequins for ads? That sounds creepy.

  43. Elo says:

    I think she looks adorable and age appropriate. My nephew models for Hilfiger kids and they really just run around while the photographer shoots so it is not exactly high pressure. I think it is sweet that she did a shoot for Guess, I think her dad is a good dad, she always looks happy.

  44. poppy says:

    strangely serious poses for a 6yo.

  45. Erin says:

    i think this is actually a lovely tribute to Anna and it really sounds like Dannielynn wanted to do this. i don’t think we should begrudge Larry Birkhead for indulging his daughters wish, especially when she never got to know her mother in the first place. At first, i didn’t want to like him, but it’s become clear that he really does have her best interests at heart. I’m not willing to think the worst here, unless she continues to model.

  46. Happy21 says:

    I see nothing wrong with this. She is a kid model. Kids model all sorts of stuff and she looks like a kid! Not like they are trying to make her look mature, etc. It is an ad campaign for Guess! kids, it’s not a runway and she is not traveling around the world, being schooled by a tutor on the road, etc.

    She is a very pretty girl. Also, the skirt is not short! Back in the 80′s when jean skirts became the big thing I had two that I can think of off the top of my head that were about the same length as this. My mum was conservative and never once told me I couldn’t leave the house wearing them.

  47. RobN says:

    Birkhead has done a good job in a weird situation and I would tend to cut him an awful lot of slack before questioning his choices.

  48. Mara says:

    She is a very beautiful little girl !

  49. I think Anna looks SO much like Kate Upton, but she was much sexier than Kate is.

    Dannielynn is adorable and I don’t think it’s wierd at all – it’s for Guess KIDS!

  50. Mairead says:

    She is a gorgeous little thing and these photos are lovely.

  51. stephanie says:

    it’s amazing how much the body ideal has changed since ANS’s guess ads ran.

  52. Deanna says:

    These pics are no different than anything you would see in a JCPenney’s catalog featuring children. They are tasteful and cute. As for this darling little girls father, if he really was out to capitalize on his daughter’s famous genes, I think he would have done it long ago. I think he has done a brilliant job of keeping his daughter at a safe distance from the media, with only only entertaining a story about Anna Nicole and his daughter once in a blue moon.

  53. Eener says:

    The pose in that first photo is disturbing. It’s fine to model at any age, just make it age appropriate, which that first photo is not.

  54. Aurelia says:

    I am totally against the sexualisation of girls but in these shots I just don’t feel any sleaziness at all. Yes, just a t shirt and skirt at the beach.

    Larry has been an exemplary father to his daughter. He does not exploit her at all. I have seen about 6 photos of this beautiful little thing since she was born. Hardly pimping her. She is a lucky little girl.

  55. Summer says:

    What a beautiful baby. I would keep her away from the tabloids and all that.

  56. LadyBird83 says:

    Love this. I was a huge fan of Anna’s so it makes me incredibly happy. Hope her Daddy is giving her an amazing and loving home.

  57. Alexis says:

    I think because of her mother, it’s odd that they’d chose to push her in the spotlight so soon!

  58. Amy625 says:

    Claiming that Dannielynn is too young to model is ridiculous. Kids model/act all of the time. For some reason people scream exploitation when it’s a celebrity’s child but couldn’t care less that babies, toddles, etc do this everyday.

  59. Dirty Martini says:

    Count me as not seeing much of an isse here either.

    Beautiful girl. Pics arent sexualized. He appears to love and take good care of his daughtter.

    Is she too young? If I’m not bemoaning the gerber baby as too young, the toddler om Pull Ups commericals, then why would I think 5 is too young to model for gap?

    I think trash talking this one is quite a stretch.

  60. ck says:

    Larry is a professional photograher. That is how he met Anna Nicole. He has photographed models for years, this is his profession so I am sure he would support her modeling

  61. $$$ says:

    Looks like daddy is getting low on cash.

  62. Onyx XV says:

    What a beautiful little girl! I’m sure that Larry Birkhead is doing a wonderful job raising her, and that she had fun doing this photo shoot. I concur with many others above that this is not an issue.

  63. the truth says:

    we all know that larry birkhead hired bloggers and friends to praise his parenthood skills. he is non stop on internet, he has google and twitter alerts. he is very deranged person.