Larry Birkhead Defends Dannielynn Modeling Gig

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To many, the idea of any six-year old posing for a professional modeling campaign is appalling.

But when that six-year old is the offspring of a troubled late ex-model? Who was pushed so quickly into fame and success that she lost her way to drugs and eventually her life?

Yeah. It's not hard to see why criticism of Larry Birkhead is prevalant today, after the terrible father allowed daughter Dannielynn to pose for Guess.

Dannielynn Birkhead Guess Photo
Dannielynn Birkhead Picture

"Dannielynn has always looked up to her mom's image," Birkhead explained today on Good Morning America. "I think this is kind of Dannielynn's way of paying tribute to her mom in her own special way."

Right. Sure. Dannielynn was absolutely the one to contact Guess and arrange a deal.

Anna Nicole Smith, who died in 2007 from a drug overdose, rose to fame in the early 1990s by starring in her own Guess campaign.

"To see her mom's picture next to hers as a Guess girl and say, 'Hey, I was a Guess Kids girl, my mommy was a Guess girl,' that might be her only connection with her mom," said Birkhead.

Considering the tragedy that actually was a majority of Smith's life, let's all pray that is true.

What do you think of Dannielynn modeling for Guess?

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Larry Birkhead Quotes

She has a boyfriend. Count from Seasame Street.

Larry Birkhead [on his daughter]

I think about life in a different way. I had kidney stones and was in the hospital for a week in July. I was freaking out thinking, If something happens to me, Dannielynn is by herself. I'm all this little one has left.

Larry Birkhead