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Grandmas are ‘glam-mas’ for senior beauty pageant at ‘National’ restaurant! • Brooklyn Paper

Grandmas are ‘glam-mas’ for senior beauty pageant at ‘National’ restaurant!

Slinky belly dancer Irina Kalinina jangles her hips to rave reviews during the Your Highness Grandmother Pageant in Brighton Beach on Sunday.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

They went from dowagers to sss-mokin’ hot WOW-agers!

Majestic matriarchs took to the runway on Sunday like time-honored temptresses when the Be Proud Foundation presented its annual showcase of senior talent, beauty and wisdom at National restaurant in Brighton Beach.

A dozen contestants, ages 49 to 90-plus, strutted their stuff in the 10th annual Your Highness Grandmother Pageant, defying stereotypes about women in their twilight years by showing off their awesome abilities and agilities for the swooning audience.

The glam-mas gave their all, from roller skating and performing advanced yoga moves to belly dancing and crooning their hearts out — all to show that advancing years are no obstacle to shakin’ your booty with pride and pizzazz.

“Our grandmothers love life, and show us how to keep this triumph of life, regardless of age,” said Raisa Chernina, producer of the pageant, which has been featured on Lifetime’s reality show, “Russian Dolls.”

The eye-popping gals were judged by ones in the know: grandpas!

That venerable panel, clearly spoiled for choice, eventually surfaced with two winners — Bensonhurst beauty Ada Natenzon, who dressed as Lady Liberty for her show-stopping skit, and Raquel Welch-look-alike Tamara Kataeva of Queens.

Both queens held court afterwards in glittering crowns and sashes, and were awarded prizes and bragging rights.

Reach reporter Shavana Abruzzo at sabruzzo@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2529.

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