The 5-year-old daughter of the late Playboy model, Guess model and reality TV show star, Anna Nicole Smith, was seen at the 138th Kentucky Derby over the weekend in a rare appearance. Danielynn Birkhead was walking the red carpet with her father, Larry Birkhead, 39. Birkhead gained custody of Danielynn in 2007, approximately two months after her mother died in hotel in Hollywood, Florida, from a drug overdose. Paternity tests proved that Birkhead was Danielynn’s father after several men came forward claiming they were the child’s father.
Birkhead is a native of Kentucky, having grown up in Louisville. He currently resides in Burbank, California.
According to OMG!, Danielynn showed up at the derby sporting a yellow rose to pay tribute to her mother, who was originally from Texas.
Danielynn was named after Smith’s first child, Daniel Smith, who died on on September 10, 2006 from an apparent drug overdose. Danielynn was born on September 7, 2006, just days before her son’s death. Smith’s boyfriend at the time, Howard K. Stern, said that she and her son were so close, that in a lot of ways Smith died [emotionally] when her son Daniel died.
See other photos of the daddy/daughter duo below: