PHOTO: Anna Nicole Smith's 6-Year-Old Daughter Models for Guess

The former model died when her daughter just a baby, but now Dannielynn is following in her mother's footsteps

Dannielynn Birkhead, the daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith, is already walking in her mother's shoes. The 6-year-old has taken a gig modeling for Guess, a company that hired Smith as a model in the '90s.

Birkhead's photo shoot for Guess Kids was shot on Malibu Beach and will appear on buses, billboards and in magazines starting in January. The ad campaign also stars 4-year-old Peyton Edmunds, the daughter of R&B singer Babyface. Guess creator Paul Marciano says Birkhead "has the same playful spirit that her mother brought to set."

That connection to her mother was part of the reason Birkhead was interested in the shoot. The child was only an infant when her mother died in 2007, and she was put in the custody of her father, photographer Larry Birkhead, two months later.

"Dannielynn had fun paying tribute to her mom with the Guess ad campaign, but it is back to school for her, which is her focus," Birkhead tells Entertainment Tonight. "The first thing she asked is, 'When will I be on the shopping bags like Mommy?' I know that Anna's looking at this and seeing how great this will be."

He later added on Good Morning America, "Dannielynn has always looked up to her mom's image and ... I think that this is kind of Dannielynn's way of paying tribute to her mom in her own special way. To see her mom's picture next to hers as a Guess girl and say, 'Hey, I was a Guess Kids girl, my mommy was a Guess girl,' that might be her only connection with her mom."

Still, Birkhead seems conscious of the fact he doesn't want to let Dannielynn walk the exact same path as her mother.

"My goal for her is for her to be a child and just do what all kids do," he says.

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