Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Dannielynn Birkhead made her annual Kentucky Derby appearance looking like a young woman in a teal pantsuit and white flower fascinator.
Dannielynn, 14, was raised in the Kentucky spotlight by her father, Larry Birkhead, but each year the father-daughter duo have a tradition of dressing up to attend the Kentucky Derby.
“It’s that time of year again. The @kentuckyderby weekend is here! Even though our favorite event, The Barnstable-Brown Party, won’t be back until next year, we’ve decided to make it to the Churchill Downs circuit for The Kentucky Derby, ”Birkhead wrote on Instagram ahead of the big event,
Birkhead shared photos of himself posing with his daughter on the steps outside a building in Churchill Downs and a selfie where Dannielynn wore a rhinestone mask perfectly coordinated with her JOVANI costume. He added that Dannielynn chose the outfit because she “wanted to wear something completely different from what she had in the past”.
“Guess that means more ‘little girl’ dresses ??” he said, adding that Dannielynn also had some fashion opinions to share with him. “She cleaned up the chocolate brownies, ice cream and nachos while criticizing my outfit.”
Birkhead included the hashtags #prouddad #timeflies and #nomorebraces.
Over the years, the photos have become a great time capsule showing Dannielynn growing up.
The Triple Crown event was postponed last year due to COVID-19, but was ultimately held in September without any spectators. That means the last Kentucky Derby photo of the father-daughter couple was in 2019. Dannielynn wore a pink hat and dress and smiled big while showing off her suspenders.
In 2013, the 6.5-year-old looked adorable in a large white hat accented with a white ribbon and a matching ruffle dress.
In 2012, Birkhead posed for pictures while holding her daughter. In an instant, the 5.5-year-old girl, who was holding a stuffed animal, planted a kiss on her father’s cheek as she stared into the camera.
Birkhead, who said he was trying to raise his daughter like an “ordinary kid,” got on his knees and fed a pony with his daughter in 2010 as she watched her smile.
Fans of the late Anna Nicole Smith commented with their wishes and disbelief that Dannielynn is now a teenager and praised Birkhead for being a devoted father.
“Her mom would be proud of her. You do a great job,” one person commented.
“Oh my God. It’s the sweetest thing,” added another fan. “I can’t wait to see your photo from the Kentucky Derby every year.”