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Dannielynn Birkhead, 6, is getting an early start on a modeling career, following in the footsteps of her late mother Anna Nicole Smith by posing for GUESS.

It has been two decades since Anna Nicole modeled for the brand and now her child will be featured in the Spring 2013 GUESS Kids campaign.

Brand creative director Paul Marciano said, “Dannielynn has the same playful spirit that her mother had on the set. She is a second-generation GUESS girl, which makes this campaign a first for us.”

Her father Larry Birkhead has been criticism for allowing his daughter to model, “It’s really a tribute to her mom more than anything. She’s not going to be a model. Her mom’s history with GUESS was very positive. The ads were iconic and timeless.”

Birkhead continued, “She had a great time on the shoot. It was really just a day at the beach, playing in the sand.”

Dad plans to bank her modeling fee for the future, “Her plan is to become a doctor, a birthday cake baker or the owner of an ice cream truck.”

Anna Nicole died of an accidental drug overdose in early 2007 in a hotel room in Florida. A contentious court battle ensued over her estate and the paternity of her daughter. A DNA test proved that Birkhead was the infant’s biological father and after much legal wrangling, he was granted full custody.

Photo Credit: GUESS