Rare new photos of the daughter of late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith have been shared by her father as she approaches her 16th birthday.
Dannielynn Birkhead was raised out of the spotlight in Kentucky by her father, photographer Larry Birkhead, after Anna Nicole died, aged 39, during a vacation with former lover Howard K Stern in 2007.
It was later confirmed that Anna Nicole died from an accidental overdose of prescription medication. Her daughter was just five months old at the time.
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Anna Nicole left her entire state to her daughter on her death and while a string of men claimed to be the father, Larry was proven to be so via DNA test.
Each year, Larry and Dannielynn have a tradition of getting decked out to attend the Kentucky Derby.
It’s a rare occasion when Larry shares a photo of his girl with social media, and this year he observed that Dannielynn looked like her mother’s “twin”.
But in a break with convention, Larry has shared more photos of his daughter – who turns 16 in September -showing the duo heading out to a Janet Jackson concert and meeting the songstress herself.
“Heading out to Dannielynn’s second Janet Jackson concert (my millionth) in Cincinnati as we sit here arguing which one of us is the bigger Janet fan,” Larry shared in one photo.
“It’s going to be “Nasty” outside in the 100 degrees weather, but we are looking forward to it.”
Another snap showed the moment Larry and Dannielynn met Janet Jackson herself.
“After hours of singing, dancing and sweating through the @cincymusicfest we got to hang with @janetjackson,” Larry shared.
“She killed it, managed to include all of her hits, sing and dance in the heat and still find time for two of her fans.”
More photos shared by Larry showed Dannielynn dressed in an outfit previously worn by Janet.
“What a night! Dannielynn got to meet @janetjackson at the Barnstable-Brown Gala, while wearing Janet’s outfit that she wore to the same party in 2003,” Larry shared.
“Janet was so gracious and complimentary of Dannielynn in her outfit.
“She made Dannielynn so happy and even graciously posed for a photo with us.”
Fans were quick to pounce on the stunning likeness between Dannielynn and her late mother and praise Larry for the “awesome” job he’s done raising her.
“This precious baby is all grown up!!! When did this happen?! Dannielynn looks exactly like her Dad and her Mum. So beautiful!” one fan wrote.
“Larry, I’m in awe over the way you raised your daughter.”
“She looks just like her mum and at first glance I thought you were Keith Urban,” another social media fan wrote.
“She looks so grown up! The perfect mix of you and Anna Nicole,” another shared.
“Such a beautiful young lady you’ve done a great job papa Larry,” said a third.
In February, Larry marked the 15-year anniversary of Anna Nicole’s death with a poignant post.
“Still remembering this one 15 years after her death. She was truly one of a kind,” he wrote.
“She struggled for love and acceptance. Just when she found a little piece of one or the other, life seemed to sabotage.”
“Today, I remember your heart, your soul and your beauty, both inside and out,” he continued.
“Your love is alive still to this day, in the form of a truly one of a kind teenager with her Mum’s smile, beauty and courage.”
“Thanks to Anna’s fans for helping keep her memory alive. We love you Anna Nicole.”
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