Anna Nicole Smith‘s now 6-year-old daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, did a little modeling as “second-generation GUESS girl,” according to the company’s creative director. Not shockingly — neither her father nor the company seemed to find anything even the slightest bit problematic about lassoing the gawk factor of deceased Anna Nicole’s only living child into dollar signs. But Dannielynn’s father, Larry Birkhead, doesn’t even cite money– and shame on us for thinking so.

People magazine reports that because Dannielynn  was only five months old when her mother died, shilling product for GUESS may be the only “connection” they’ll share:

“Dannielynn has always looked up to her mom’s image and said that her mom’s an angel,” Birkhead told Good Morning America on Tuesday.

“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 and my mommy was a Guess girl,’ that might be her only connection with her mom,” Birkhead explains.

If selling products for a company that didn’t even hesitate to make a profit off of her is the only way this baby can connect with her mother, then we’ve somehow stumbled into a new angle of dysfunction in all this. Luckily, Larry maintains that he doesn’t intend for Dannielynn to spend much more time in front of the cameras, saying that his “goal for her is to to be a child and do what all kids do.”

As in not pushing GUESS-branded fedoras and denim mini skirts with her deceased mother’s resemblance? Let’s hope so.

(photo: C.Smith/ WENN.com)