updated 10/03/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/04/2012 AT 10:30 AM ET
Hot mama alert!
Jennie Garth – looking thinner, tan and happy in a Malibu beach photo shoot – says she’s dropped 30 lbs. and is feeling better than ever at age 40.
“Forty is like the new little black dress,” she says lightheartedly in an interview for her PEOPLE magazine cover, on newsstands now.
Feeling frisky and more confident after a split from Peter Facinelli, her husband of 11 years, the Beverly Hills, 90210 star and mother of three is back on track after a rough patch in her life. She has refocused on her career and is eager to see what’s next.