At just 3 years old, a pink-clad Dannielynn Birkhead made her Kentucky Derby debut with Dad.
“It’s tough raising a little girl without a mom,” Birkhead told Steve Harvey in 2016. “You always want to make sure you’re doing the right things and a thing that a mom would choose that a dad might not choose.”
At the 2012 race, Dannielynn opted for her very first Derby-esque headpiece. Though Birkhead keeps his daughter out of the spotlight, the pair lives in rural Kentucky and make an annual trip to the horse race.
The father-daughter duo went as Mary Poppins and Bert — parasol and all!
“I look at her and she’s my everything,” Birkhead told Inside Edition earlier this year. “She reminds me so much of her mom and as she gets older, and her features are changing, it’s just like having a little miniature Anna Nicole running around in so many ways.”
In a February 2017 interview with 20/20, Birkhead said Dannielynn is “fearless like her mom.”
“We went from diapers and teething to braces and sports bras overnight,” Birkhead told Wendy Williams in 2017. “It’s great and it’s a lot of work.”
For the duo’s eighth Derby, the proud pop and his 10-year-old coordinated in pink. Birkhead also took Dannielynn to the Barnstable-Brown Party, where he’d first met Anna Nicole Smith in 2003.
Dannielynn was in her brightest ensemble yet for the 2019 event, making an appearance at the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Gala before the official kickoff of the horse race.