Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn Birkhead, 6, now a Guess Kids model
The six-year-old daughter of Anne Nicole Smith is following in her mother's footsteps and has made her modeling debut as a "Guess Kids Girl," which her dad says may be the child's way of paying tribute to the late model, who she never got to know.
Dannielynn Birkhead, whose father is Larry Birkhead, is the star of the Guess Kids Spring 2013 campaign. In its print ads and broadcast commercials, the child wears items such as hat, striped shirt and a denim vest, shorts and a mini-skirt. She poses on a beach in Malibu, California and rolls over on the sand.
"My goal for her is for her to be a child and just do what all kids do," her father said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, November 27.
"Dannilynn has always looked up to her mom's image and has said that her mom is an angel and I think this is kind of Dannielynn's way of paying tribute to her mom in her own special way," Larry said. "To see her mom's picture next to hers as a Guess Girl and to say, 'I was a Guess Kids girl and my mommy was a Guess Girl' - that might be her only connection with her mom."
Guess? Inc.'s creative director Paul Marciano said in a statement that Dannielynn "has the same playful spirit that her mother had on a set" and this was the first time the company has launched a campaign with a 'second-generation Guess Girl."
Smith starred in Guess denim ads in 1992 and 1993. The company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and month ago launched a 15-piece collection to mark its "30 Sexy Years" that includes a T-shirt showing Smith.
Also in 1992, she appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine, which turned her into an international sex symbol. She was later known for her marriage to oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall. The two wed he was 89 and she was 26.
Smith died in 2007 at age 39 from a prescription drug overdose. She was buried in the Bahamas in 2007 next to the grave of her son, Daniel, who had died a year earlier and days after Dannielynn's birth.After Smith's death, her daughter became the subject of a paternity case involving several people who claimed to be Dannielynn's father before a DNA test confirmed Larry as the dad.
The Guess Kids Spring 2013 ads also feature Babyface's daughter Peyton Edmonds and and are set to debut in January.
Previous stars of Guess Kids campaigns include Mackenzie Foy, who played Renesmee Cullen, the daughter of Kristen Stewart's character Bella in the recently-released film "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," and Jackie Evancho, a singer and actress who will appear in the new Robert Redford thriller, "The Company You Keep," which hits theaters in March.