Larry Birkhead and his daughter Dannielynn were photographed on their way to the Today show Monday morning, and the 7-year-old has grown into quite the adorable young lady.
Dannielynn was just 5 months old when her mother, bombshell model and TV personality Anna Nicole Smith, passed away back in 2007. While she didn’t get to know her mom, there’s no doubt that Dannielynn inherited Anna Nicole’s beauty and her radiant smile.
The blonde cutie held tight to her dad’s hand and grasped a stuffed animal in the other as they were photographed on a NYC street. Dannielynn chose a cute black-and-white dress paired with black boots for her big trip to the TV show, and wore her long hair down. She was shown backstage making friends with a puppy while her dad was interviewed on the morning show.
Larry appeared on Today to promote the E! special, Life After Anna Nicole: The Larry & Dannielynn Story, which examines Larry’s strained relationship with Anna Nicole and his life with Dannielynn now. The appearance was a rare event for the father and daughter, who have kept mostly out of the public eye since Anna Nicole’s death and the subsequent paternity and custody drama that played out in the media.
“We live in Kentucky and it’s kind of a paparazzi-free zone,” Larry said on Today. "My family is there to support me and to help me with Dannielynn and so that's been a positive.”
In a scene from the E! special, which airs tonight at 10 p.m., Fox News reports that Larry says Dannielynn knows her mother is there with her. “At this point,” Larry explains in the clip, “she thinks her mom was a very pretty person, and she watches over her every day, and she’s in heaven.”
Last year, Dannielynn posed as a young model for Guess, the brand that helped launch her mom’s career. On Today, Larry said it was a one-time thing, but he’s happy that his daughter got to follow in her mom’s footsteps.