Just 6 years old and there is no question that Dannielynn Birkhead has many of her mother Anna Nicole Smith's striking features. Looks like she's also mimicking her mama's career path. It was recently announced that Dannielynn is modeling for Guess, the same brand that helped make Anna Nicole a star.
Only 5 months old when her mother died of an overdose in 2007, she is being raised by her father Larry Birkhead in Kentucky. For most of her life, he has kept the child out of the spotlight and understandably so. "It's kinda hard to take her places with other kids and parents because people like to take pictures and do weird things," he has said.
If he wants her to have a normal life, why in the world is he plunging her into a big, splashy ad campaign now?
As Birkhead explained on Good Morning America, "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." But this can't be the right direction for Dannielynn given her mom's tragic end.
To me, it always seemed that life in front of the cameras contributed more to Anna Nicole's downward spiral than anything else. I remember the sad headlines announcing Dannielynn's arrival. She came into the world just a few days before her brother Danny died of an overdose. Her mom was clearly beside herself, unable to cope with the loss. Then there was the long, public legal battle as Larry fought for custody of the child.
I feel so sorry for little Dannielynn. She didn't just lose her mother. Someday she will also have to face the sordid history surrounding her birth. According to Today, Birkhead insists that this is a onetime gig and the proceeds will be put away for Dannielynn's future. But the normal life he has so carefully crafted by keeping her away from the public eye won't be easy to maintain with her face splashed in ads all over the country.
That's not to say she wouldn't be a great model. She is an adorable little girl with a lot of personality. The commercial shoot offered a fascinating glimpse of her personality. She is frolicking on the beach, smiling at the camera, and clearly having fun. Even so, this just feels wrong. She should be encouraged to carve her own path -- and stay far away from the industry that eventually led to her mother's downfall.
Do you think Dannielynn should be encouraged to model like her mom?