Elvis' granddaughter, in fashion

By CÚsar G. Soriano, USA TODAY

(Source: EP Gold/USA Today/Vogue/Sanja Meegin, 15 July 2004)

In her first interview, Elvis Presley's 15-year-old granddaughter, model Danielle Riley Keough, says she has never given much thought to being the heir to the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

"I didn't really care until I read something that said, 'I guess Elvis Presley's granddaughter won't be eating too many peanut butter and banana sandwiches.' Why do they have to start picking on me already?" Riley, who goes by her middle name, asks in the August issue of Vogue.

The cover story and Annie Leibovitz pictorial feature three generations of Elvis' women: ex-wife Priscilla Presley, 59; their only child, Lisa Marie Presley, 36; and Lisa Marie's daughter Riley, whose father is musician Danny Keough.

Riley says she caught the fashion bug at age 6 when she saw her mom on the cover of Vogue wearing a Versace dress. "I remember caring what I was going to wear even when I was little."

Riley made her modeling debut in February on the Dolce & Gabbana runway in Italy. She says she was so nervous she "couldn't stop shaking." Priscilla says Riley has been a good influence on Lisa Marie, who has been married and divorced three times (Keough, Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage). "We're both here to take care of Lisa. It's really Lisa who's the kid," Priscilla says.

Lisa Marie says of Riley: "She's not a bimbo. Nor will she ever be."


Three generations of Presley women: Elvis' granddaugher Riley, his daughter Lisa Marie and ex-wife Priscilla.