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Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter Dannielynn Birkhead Honored Janet Jackson at Kentucky Derby Pre-Party – NBC 6 South Florida

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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 at the Barnstable Brown Gala at Barnstable-Brown Mansion in style on Friday to ring in the race.

Dannielynn sported an outfit once worn by Janet Jackson at the Gala, then attended her first Janet Jackson concert. Her father, Larry, wrote on Instagram how the teen acquired the outfit.

“Dannielynn is wearing Janet Jackson’s personal outfit that Janet wore to the 2003 Barnstable-Brown Gala,” Larry wrote on Instagram.

He continued, “It was purchased as a part of Janet’s @juliens_auctions benefitting charity. Ironically, Janet is expected to attend tonight. Next up the @kentuckyderby then taking Dannielynn to her first @janetjackson concert.”

Larry and Dannielynn attend the Kentucky Derby each year and are known for wearing coordinating outfits. During the Gala on Friday, the father-and-daughter duo were photographed with Jackson herself.


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Larry Birkhead, Janet Jackson, and Dannielynn Birkhead attends the Barnstable Brown Gala at Barnstable-Brown Mansion on May 06, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.

At the 2004 Barnstable Brown Gala, Larry met Anna Nicole Smith and a relationship ensued. Dannielynn was born in September 2006 before the model passed away from an accidental overdose in February 2007 at the age of 39.

At the 2019 Kentucky Derby, Dannielynn honored her mother by wearing the same pink hat that Smith wore at the 2004 Derby.


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Dannielynn Birkhead and Larry Birkhead attends the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 04, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Actress and model Anna Nicole Smith leans over the rail and flashes a peace sign just moments before the 130th Running of the Kentucky Derby May 1, 2004 in Louisville, Kentucky.

In February, Larry remembered Smith on the 15th anniversary of her death with an Instagram post with a caption that read, “Still remembering this one 15 years after her death. She was truly one of a kind. 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. 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.” One of the hashtags on the post read, “#ifmomcouldseeyounow” seemingly referencing Dannielynn.

The 2022 Kentucky Derby will be aired on NBC beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET ahead of the eighth race of the day. To learn more about the race, click here.

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