The 2022 Kentucky Derby is here, and Dannielynn Birkhead – the 15-year-old daughter of the late model Anna Nicole Smith – and her father Larry Birkhead arrived in style at the Barnstable Brown Gala at the Barnstable-Brown Mansion on Friday to kick off the race.
Dannielynn wore an outfit once worn by Janet Jackson at the gala. Her father Larry wrote on Instagram how the teenager got the outfit.
“Dannielynn wears Janet Jackson’s personal outfit worn by Janet to the 2003 Barnstable Brown Gala,” Larry wrote on Instagram.
He continued: “It was purchased as part of Janet’s @juliens_auctions which benefit charity. Ironically, Janet is expected to be in attendance tonight.
Larry and Dannielynn compete in the Kentucky Derby every year and are known for wearing coordinated outfits. During Friday’s gala, the father-daughter duo posed for a photo with Jackson.
At the 2004 Barnstable Brown Gala, Larry met Anna Nicole Smith and a relationship developed. Dannielynn was born in September 2006 before the model died of an accidental drug overdose in February 2007 at the age of 39.
At the 2019 Kentucky Derby, Dannielynn honored her mother by wearing the same pink hat Smith wore at the 2004 Derby.
In February, Larry commemorated Smith on the 15th anniversary of her death with an Instagram post with the caption, “I still remember this one 15 years after her death. She really was one of a kind. She struggled for love and acceptance When she found a little piece of one or the other, life seemed to sabotage her.”
“Today I remember your heart, soul and beauty, both inside and out. Their love lives on to this day in the form of a truly unique teenager with her mother’s smile, beauty and courage. Thank you to Anna’s fans for helping keep her memory alive. We love you Anna Nicole.” One of the hashtags on the post read “#ifmomcouldseeyounow,” apparently referring to Dannielynn.
On Saturday, the day of the Derby, Larry posted another photo with Dannielynn in her race attire and commented on their similar looks.
The caption read: “Today bet on a great time with Dannielynn at this year’s @kentuckyderby then off to the @janetjackson concert! Saw this picture of Anna and thought Dannielynn looked like her twin!”
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