Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter Dannielynn Birkhead Steps Out for the Kentucky Derby

05/07/2016 at 06:00 PM ET

Dannielynn Birkhead and dad Larry are keeping up their sweet father-daughter tradition of going to the Kentucky Derby every year.

The 9½-year-old daughter of Larry and the late Anna Nicole Smith made the public appearance at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Dannielynn wore a light green dress decorated with pale pink flowers, bright pink shoes and a matching flowered hairpiece. Larry, 43, coordinated with his young daughter in a light green suit, pink bowtie and pink flower in his lapel.

Dannielynn Birkhead
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The pair, who live in rural Kentucky, have been attending the Derby together for the past six years. The event holds special significance for the little family: Larry and Smith met in 2004 at a Kentucky Derby party.

Larry, a photographer, recently opened up about how he talks to Dannielynn about Smith, who died of an accidental drug overdose when Dannielynn was just five months old.

“We go back all the time and we go to [Anna Nicole’s] grave,” he told Entertainment Tonight in November. “We visit and I tell Dannielynn stories about her mom. I don’t sugarcoat it. I say there are some things your mom did and, you know, I try to make her learn from it.”

He also shared that he is “so proud” of his daughter.

“I look at her and she’s my everything,” Larry said. “She reminds me so much of her mom and as she gets older, and her features are changing, it’s just like having a little miniature Anna Nicole running around in so many ways.”

— Andrea Park

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Tieraney on

He seems like such a great dad. So glad he turned out to be her biological father and is raising her in a normal healthy lifestyle instead of Hollywood!

tammy on

Glad he is the one that ended up with the child. She seems like a really sweet girl and he seems like a good father – as pretty as she is, I don’t agree with him though. That little girl is a spitting image of dad and not so much her mom. If you see picks of the guy you can see what i’m talking about. Still, pretty girl and she seems like a sweet grounded child.

Tammy on

DannielLyn is starting to look like Larry …..that is what I see in this picture

Valerie Evans on

Oh, what a beautiful little girl. She is very lucky Larry Burkhed is her father.

Okay on

Wow she is not very good looking, but hopefully she will grow out of it and and at least she isn’t dressed like a little $lut.

Anonymous on

I hope Dannielynn has settled down a bit. The last time I saw an update on her and Larry’s life post Anna she was a spoiled 5-6 year old brat. She was running around the house yelling and screaming and almost demanding of Larry’s attention. I think he has a lot of guilt for not being able to help Anna cope with losing her son and therefore she entered a horrible spiral that ultimately lead to her death. I hope that Dannielynn has some female role models to look up to since she never knew her own mother. This time of year must be very hard for both of them. I don’t know what it is like to grow up without a mother. I was lucky enough to grow up with virtually all of my family members with the exception of my great-grandparents until 6 years ago when one of my two grandfathers died. Having that support system around me growing up has made me the person I am today. I hope Larry is a good role model for his daughter. She is so lucky that he turned out to be the father rather than that slimy weasel Howard K. Stern. He just hung around for Anna’s money and for his 15 minutes which both dried up when he was found not to be the father and Anna died. I wish Larry and Dannielynn all sorts of happiness in the future.

Joanna on

I hope Dannielynn has settled down a bit. The last time I saw an update on her and Larry’s life post Anna she was a spoiled 5-6 year old brat. She was running around the house yelling and screaming and almost demanding of Larry’s attention. I think he has a lot of guilt for not being able to help Anna cope with losing her son and therefore she entered a horrible spiral that ultimately lead to her death. I hope that Dannielynn has some female role models to look up to since she never knew her own mother. This time of year must be very hard for both of them. I don’t know what it is like to grow up without a mother. I was lucky enough to grow up with virtually all of my family members with the exception of my great-grandparents until 6 years ago when one of my two grandfathers died. Having that support system around me growing up has made me the person I am today. I hope Larry is a good role model for his daughter. She is so lucky that he turned out to be the father rather than that slimy weasel Howard K. Stern. He just hung around for Anna’s money and for his 15 minutes which both dried up when he was found not to be the father and Anna died. I wish Larry and Dannielynn all sorts of happiness in the future.

Carolyn on

What a sweet looking child and she’s wearing such a lovely age-appropriate dress. She’s lucky to have such a great dad.

digal704 on

She looks beautiful!

She's a cutie on

He’s doing a great job raising her, he deserves the father of the year award. She is pretty, I don’t see Anna in her features.

DaisyMoon on

Beautiful age appropriate dress…

I like to hear from time -to-time how she’s doing….
Kudos to dad…he seems to be a good one.

ImALadyToo on

She looks like both of her parents.

Gabrielle Laney-Andrews on

What a beautiful child, full of poise and grace!

Ellie on

Her dress is adorable, so nice to see a little girl dressed like this. He is obviously a wonderful dad and doing a good job raising her.

SOUTHERNGAL on

She’s a beautiful little girl, and no doubt who her daddy is. Nicole should be proud

AnnaM on

I think she looks more and more like her Daddy. It is so nice to see she is in age appropriate clothes as well. Good job Larry!

kitty62862 on

Such a beautiful girl! She looks so much like her Dad!

Amy on

What a darling girl and fun outing for her and her father.

Annie Mouse on

Every article that’s been written about Larry and his daughter has proven he’s a stand-up father. What a great man, and she’s a lucky girl!

tinamarie2001 on

Such a beauty…looks so much like her dad!

Guest on

Wow, Anna Nichole Smith left a legacy that she probably would have never imagined in her wildest dreams. What a beautiful child. And a credit to her father who obviously loves her.

Callie on

She is a beautiful little girl. So happy she is healthy, happy and doing so well. Larry is an amazing father.

Shay on

She is far more beautiful than her mother. Larry is doing a mighty fine job of raising his daughter. So glad she didn’t end up with that ambulance chaser.

Amy on

Wow, she is the spitting image of her father. Hard to believe that other guy tried to claim paternity! I’m glad she is living a normal life out of the spotlight, but it’s nice to hear an update about her every once in a while. I hope she’s nothing but happy.

Yuck on

What the hello kitty is going on with that poor boy’s hair??? Looks horrible!

Kathy harvey on

Larry Birk head is trying so hard to turn Dannie Lynn into another Anna Nicole, butbs h e actually looks more like him.

stacey on

She was much cuter when she used to look like her mom.

Francine on

She looks a bit like Sherilyn Fenn.

Katie on

Dannielynn looks very pretty, is very appropriately dressed (thank heavens), and appears to have grace and dignity. Larry Birkhead seems to be doing a very good job raising his daughter, and it’s nice to catch up with her every year and see that she’s goring up so well!

Rachel on

What a sweet little girl🙂 And she looks beautiful! I love that she is dressed her age and not like a tiny teenager. I agree with others who’ve said it seems like Larry is doing a wonderful job with his daughter (and there’s no doubt about the parentage there! She’s his spitting image!)! So glad that she ended up where she clearly belonged and that he’s raising her (for the most part) away from the limelight.

dlm on

I see a couple of really cruel comments here. Come on people, she’s just an innocent little girl. It’s called cyber bullying and you all should show your own pic’s because I bet you’re nothing special, shame on you! Congrats to Larry who is raising this sweet little girl that came out of such tragedy.

Swoozy Suze on

I don’t think she looks like Anna Nicole at all…..She resembles her dad. The only thing I didn’t care for was the comment he made about her being a “little Anna Nicole”….ugh, then he says he doesn’t sugar coat Anna’s life ….Why would you be doing things like this with a child at just 9yrs old ? Sure, I think he should be honest about the horrible life Anna led, but that’s it, she should be “molded” into another Anna Nicole for God’s sake. Another thing, this obsession of Anna’s with the name “Daniel “…..Had I been Larry, I would have changed the child’s name pronto when I got custody of her…..Anna Nicole Smith was a WACK-JOB from the word “GO”…..Larry, do yourself a favor, stop trying to mold that child into a Minnie-Me of Anna….you’ll save yourself a lot of heartache in the long run—wait and see !🙂

button on

He sounds like a very sweet dad. Very wise of him to speak the trut hbc she will be reading a lot on line as she grows up.

Charlotte on

Who is this child? Who is Larry? Why is he famous? Did I miss something?

mooo on

This is not appropriate dressing for a girl her age, whatsoever! At nine her face should be full of make-up and Botox fils. she should be wearing a tattered Coachella tank top exposing her mid-drift and have the accessory of a “boy-toy’ on her side. This kind of parenting is offensive to all of the mis-guided and under parented teeny boppers running around. Good greif Larry, your making them look at themselves. (Good job!)

Anonymous on

To Kathy Harvey, he is doing nothing of the sort. This child is having a normal childhood. He allows her to go to some events during the year, like the Kentucky Derby, people get to see that she is being raised by an awesome man who has only her best interests at heart. She is subject to photographers at every turn of her life. Whenever I have seen her at anything she is always dressed age appropriate, he is not trying to exploit her.

Lisa on

I’m so proud of him for the way he stepped up, and is parenting this little lady. She is adorable, happy and secure. I love their closeness, and I think Anna is somewhere feeling very happy that her baby is getting the happy childhood she didn’t.

reh1259 on

He seems like an amazing dad!! Not many guys would step up to the plate and be the dad he’s been. He should be proud and Anna should be happy that her daughter has such a stable, loving father.

Shirl carvell on

Larry only wanted his kid for the money.he is living a very rich lifestyle.if it wasn’t for that kids money Larry would of never would of cared.what a put on.

Kelly on

I think she looks a lot like her dad.

Just My Opinion on

She looks like a tiny 35 year old. Why? The makeup? The hair? Just the way her face is set?

princess on

i agree with all the guest for say that Dannielynn looks like her dad.. Larry.. i do not see Anna in her at all..

Milly on

I don’t think that she favors Anna as she grows, at least not as much as her dad. The resemblance to her father would have made it clear cut who the biological dad was, even if DNA were never discovered.
In any event she’s a beauty, and that dress is lovely.

SAR on

Everyone says she looks like her mom but I think she looks like her father.

bb on

“Smith had an abscess in her left buttock that had been perforated by a needle, probably when she took injections of either the growth hormone or vitamin B-12, the medical examiner explained. The perforation allowed bacteria to get into Smith’s blood, which caused a high fever in the days before her death….the abscess and a case of flu were contributory causes in Smith’s death.”
I feel bad for Anna, the cause of death wasn’t just a drug overdose. She was taking the hormone to lose weight because she had Hashimoto’s (thyroid disease) like me, and I’ve injected myself with the hormones too (it helps!). Her downfall was trying to self-medicate the abcess instead of going to the hospital. Preventable, like so many celebs that self-treat. Sad all around. Glad Dannielynn has a good daddy!

coco on

This is a nice story to read. Happy for them both

CC on

She looks like her dad to me. Hopefully, she will not act like her mom did. Providing a normal stable life should help. Dad of the year? I agree!

Truth is on

Adorable……her dad is all she has

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