Tragic Anna Nicole Smith's 6 year old daughter is the new face of Guess
Another celebrity kid has made a premature debut in the grown-ups' world, and this time there are extra reasons to be concerned: we are talking about Dannielynn Birkhead, the 6 year old daughter of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. She has agreed to be the face of Guess in their 2013 Childrenswear Campaign, and we can't help wondering whether this is the right choice, considering the traumatic experiences this child has already gone through.
Seems like yesterday we got the news of Anna Nicole Smith's death, but it's already been more than five years since her body was found at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. It was the 8th of February 2007, she was 39 and for the previous fifteen years her life has been a roller-coaster. She had resorted to prescription drugs to cope with the fame brought by her 1991 Playboy appearance as well as by her notorious 1994 marriage to 89 year old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall, who died a year after the wedding.
Falling pregnant with her daughter didn't keep Anna Nicole Smith away from the drugs, and a video began circulating where she appeared to be under the influence just few weeks before giving birth. As soon as baby Dannielynn was born, Anna Nicole's 20 year old son Daniel Smith died of drugs while visiting them in hospital. Depressed, and with her addiction encouraged by her longtime attorney Howard K. Stern (who was convicted last year together with her psychiatrist of conspiring to give Smith excessive amounts of prescription medication) Anna Nicole didn't stand a chance and she soon died of accidental overdose.
With such a track record, is it a good idea to push little Dannielynn into the fashion industry at such a young age? From a marketing point of view, they couldn't have hoped for anything better - don't forget that Anna Nicole herself has started her career with a modelling job for Guess Kids - but what about the girl's father, Larry Birkhead? Isn't he worried all this is going to affect Dannielynn the same way it did to her mother?
Apparently not, he has actually declared to the press that he's nothing but proud about his daughter's career as a model, adding that she's been a natural in front of the camera and "needed very little coaching".