Hold on to your Spanx, girlfriends. We're going where no grandmother has gone before. Role models like Jane Seymour, Carole Middleton, Kris Jenner, Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Williams and Suzanne Somers have reinvented grannyhood with attitude, extra love and nonstop sizzle. Skip the mom jeans and support hose, the buns and bifocals (unless they're leopard readers). We new Glam-mas bake kale, wear Lululemon and neon Nikes, dance like Beyoncé, sing along to Katy Perry and Skype when we need a major grannie fix from far away.
Want to know how to be a sexy, contemporary grandma? A few tips:
1. Create balance
Signing on as a grandmother does not mean you're the designated baby sitter, available at the first ping. Go on with your own life: Stay in shape mentally, physically and emotionally. Sign up for Zumba or swim at the Y, read your Kindle, shop for shoes, spend an hour on Facebook, audit a film or art class, volunteer at the local shelter, meet friends for lunch, garden or walk in the park. Leave the guilt behind.
2. Go beyond 'good for your age'
There's no stopping hormones and genes, but you can control the impact on your appearance and attitude. Don't bother trying to look like you're 25.
Every day there will be a new diet pill, miracle cream, fitness craze and fashion trend to learn about and ignore. A Glam-ma doesn't need cosmetic surgery, fillers, a personal trainer, nutritionist, facialist, salon spray tan or designer wardrobe. She can DIY with shapewear, sunscreen, good skin and hair care, daily exercise and a healthy diet. Clean up your act.
3. Be a magnet for grandkids
Get rid of frown lines, stained teeth and age-spotted skin. These three things make us look angry, unapproachable, old and unhealthy. Botox your forehead crease or, for a cheaper alternative, cut camouflaging bangs, whiten your teeth with drugstore strips, and banish brown spots at the dermatologist. You can go lighter on foundation and your flawless hands will rock any shade of polish — even shimmery mermaid blue.