How Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Dannielynn Birkhead Honored Janet Jackson at the Kentucky Derby

Dannielynn Birkhead, the 15-year-old daughter of late model Anna Nicole Smith, paid tribute to Janet Jackson at a 2022 Kentucky Derby pre-party. See her look and other pics of her over the years.

By Corinne Heller May 07, 2022 3:49 PMTags
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During her annual father-daughter date at the Kentucky Derby, Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn Birkhead paid tribute to Janet Jackson and her late mom at the same time.

On May 6, the 15-year-old joined her dad Larry Birkhead at the Barnstable-Brown Gala, the biggest of the horse race's pre-parties, wearing a black pantsuit with a large, double studded belt. "Dannielynn is wearing Janet Jackson's personal outfit that Janet wore to the 2003 Barnstable-Brown Gala," Anna Nicole's ex wrote on Instagram. "It was purchased as a part of Janet's @juliens_auctions benefitting charity."

Janet, who that night performed in Louisville at her first concert since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, also attended the 2022 party and met up with Dannielynn and Larry.

The 2003 Barnstable Brown gala is where Larry met Anna Nicole. At the time, he was working as a freelance photographer and she was filming her E! reality show at the event. Four years later, the model died at age 39. Dannielynn was only 5 months old.

Remembering Anna Nicole Smith

She and her dad have attended the Kentucky Derby and its parties every year since 2010, often wearing matching or corresponding outfits.

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In 2019, Dannielynn honored Anna Nicole by wearing a pink hat that her mom sported at the 2004 Kentucky Derby.

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In February, Larry, 49, paid tribute to Anna Nicole on Instagram on the 15th anniversary of 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."

He continued, "Today, I remember your heart, your soul and your beauty, both inside and out. Your love is alive still to this day, in the form of a truly one of a kind teenager with her Mom's smile, beauty and courage. Thanks to Anna's fans for helping keep her memory alive. We love you Anna Nicole."

See photos of Larry and Dannielynn at the Kentucky Derby over the years:


The 17-year-old appears with her dad Larry Birkhead en route to the 2024 Kentucky Derby, and debuts a new lob hairstyle.


The 17-year-old sports a Gianfranco Ferre dress once owned by Janet Jackson and purchased at Julien's Auctions while attending the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala in May 2024.


The 16-year-old steps out in style with her dad Larry Birkhead after paying tribute to her late mom with a fashion statement at the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala in May 2023.


Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, then 15, sports a colorful look as she poses with dad Larry Birkhead at the 2022 Kentucky Derby.


Larry and Dannielynn appear at the 2022 Barnstable-Brown Gala, a Kentucky Derby pre-party. Dannielynn is wearing the outfit that Janet Jackson wore to the 2003 Barnstable-Brown Gala. Larry said it was purchased in a Julien's Auction, with proceeds benefitting charity.


They're back! Dannielynn and dad Larryreturned to celebrate the Kentucky Derby with these corresponding looks a day before the annual event.


Masked up!


All smiles!


Dannielynn and Larry attend the 2019 Kentucky Derby. He tweeted, "Kentucky Derby time once again. Dannielynn looks pretty in pink in her dress by Junona and her Mom's hat from her unforgettable appearance at The Kentucky Derby in 2004 #KentuckyDerby2019."


The tween is all smiles in a yellow floral dress as she poses with her dad.


Dannielynn and her dad are feeling blue, in a good way!


Everything's coming up roses for the twosome!


At just 10 years old, Dannielynn is already a red carpet veteran!


Think pink! Dannielynn and Larry pick coordinating colors for their festive frocks.


Larry leads the way as Dannielynn smiles for the cameras.


Chim chim cheree! The daddy-daughter duo take inspiration from Mary Poppins.


Flower power! Anna Nicole's mini-me's fascinator is in full bloom.


Who needs a fascinator when you're this fabulous?


She's her mother's daughter, all right!

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