Dannielynn Birkhead honors her mother through her artwork, her dad Larry Birkhead tells 20/20 in a new interview

February 10, 2017 08:34 AM

It has been 10 years since Anna Nicole Smith died from an accidental overdose in 2007, but her young daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, has found a moving way to connect with her mother: through her art.

In a sneak peek on Good Morning America of a new 20/20 interview airing on Friday, Birkhead’s father Larry Birkhead shared a sweet letter the 10-year-old wrote to explain her love of coloring.

“Ever since my mother’s death, a friend of hers said she would send me pretty butterflies,” Dannielynn wrote. “So, butterflies chase me everywhere and I let the butterfly come out of my pencil and fly on my paper with its wings of love.”

Birkhead, 44, has raised Dannielynn as a single dad since Smith’s death and says the little girl has her mother’s charm — “She could work me like her mother could work people,” Birkhead says. “She gets what she wants.”

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Now, as Dannielynn grows into a young woman, Birkhead says she has developed a love for Snapchat and fast food — french fries in particular. And she longs to travel, telling her father, “I want to go to Washington D.C. so bad! I want to see all the monuments.”

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Birkhead, who works as a photographer and dabbles in real estate for a living, has opted to raise Dannielynn out of the spotlight.

Dannielynn is a Girl Scout and owns a pet lizard, Birkhead says. He cherishes every moment he has with the 10-year-old, noting that he tries to “keep things simple.”

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