WOAH! Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter is all grown up - just look at her NOW!

She's 12!

Editor / May 05 2019

She was the daughter of Anna Nicole Smith, one Hollywood's most scandalous stars, but now she's all grown up, aged 12!

Dannielynn Birkhead was just 5 months old when he mum died from an overdoes leaving her in the care of her dad, Larry. 

Larry pledged to raise Dannielynn quietly and without any of the scandal and drama  that led to her mum's downfall and she has enjoyed a quiet and private childhood, hidden away from the spotlight. 

But, dad and daughter made a surprise appearance this weekend at  The Kentucky Derby in the US, walking the red carpet together. 

And in a sweet touch, Dannielynn wore the same pink hat that her late mother wore to the same event in 2004. 

Looking remarkably like her mum, Dannielyn posed like a pro for the cameras. 

 

Dannielynn is pretty in pink in her dress dress by Junona for The Kentucky Derby. Topping it all off in a very special hat her Mom wore to The Kentucky Derby in 2004. #prouddad @junonafashionhouse Anna's/Dannielynn's hat @natalie_baroni_designs @kentuckyderby #kentuckyderby2019
Dannielynn is pretty in pink in her dress dress by Junona for The Kentucky Derby. Topping it all off in a very special hat her Mom wore to The Kentucky Derby in 2004. #prouddad @junonafashionhouse Anna's/Dannielynn's hat @natalie_baroni_designs @kentuckyderby #kentuckyderby2019

 

Posting a pic of himself with Dannielynn on Instagram, proud dad Larry - who matched his pink suit with his daughter's pink dress - wrote: 'Kentucky Derby time once again. Dannielynn looks pretty in pink in her dress by Junona and her Mom’s hat from her unforgettable appearance at The Kentucky Derby in 2004#KentuckyDerby2019.’

 

It’s a happy memory for Dannielynn, whose very early years were marred with tragedy. 

Her half brother Daniel died from a drug overdose only three days after she was born - just after visiting his mum and new baby sister in hospital. Five months later Anna Nicole also died from a prescription drug overdose, shocking the world. 

 

 

 

Her death sparked a massive paternity fight over Dannielynn, with Anna Nicole always maintaining that her lawyer and boyfriend Howard K. Stern was Dannielynn's father.

Despite several men - including Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband - claiming that they were Dannielynn's dad, DNA tests eventually proved that Larry was the father and he was awarded full custody.

It looks like Dannielynn has spent her early years shielded from the dramatic headlines and wild behaviour that her mum was famous for - but now, aged 12, it appears she is now ready to enter the world of celebrity and red-carpet, with her loyal dad by her side. 

 

Frances Sheen has been a magazine and website journalist & editor for the last 20 years - both in Australia and the UK. She's appeared on countless TV and radio shows to discuss parenting and launched her own social media parenting brand. She's the mum of two little girls and juggles that with a busy working life.