Miley Cyrus Hits the Gym in Heels: "Practice How You Perform"


In a recent interview with W Magazine published on Monday, June 3, pop star Miley Cyrus, 31, unveiled her unconventional and glamorous approach to fitness. Known for her bold fashion statements and dynamic stage presence, Cyrus revealed that she prefers to hit the gym in heels.

"My mantra is, like any athlete, 'Practice how you perform,'" the "Flowers" singer told W Magazine. "So that’s why I practice in my heels. The gym looks really tough, but then I’ve got my ivory Gucci slingbacks because they remind me of Marilyn Monroe. I train in heels, mostly. I’m interested in feminizing the workout space, because so much of the workout equipment is ugly."

This unique workout regimen not only contributes to Cyrus' enviable physique but also helps her embody her onstage persona. "I definitely have a persona—an expanded, fully realized version of myself that I tap into as a performer," she explained. "But then there’s a level of my life that’s super intimate, sacred, and secret."

Cyrus, who recently wowed audiences at the 66th GRAMMY Awards at Arena in Los Angeles, continues to blend her personal and professional life in a way that captivates fans. Her performance at the Grammys, held on February 4, 2024, showcased her trademark style and energy, further cementing her status as a pop icon.

Reflecting on her relationships with industry mentors Beyoncé and Dolly Parton, Cyrus shared how these influential figures understand the duality of having a public persona and a private life. "I think it’s a really cute part of our relationship, because over the past couple of years I’ve really locked down on my privacy and on what I share with the public," Cyrus said of Beyoncé, with whom she recently collaborated on the genre-bending album "Cowboy Carter." "She’s the same way. Part of our relationship is the safety between us."

She continued, "The songwriting or the work is just a small part of my relationship with her—or with Dolly, or with anyone. Our personas have a relationship, but then we have a relationship. And I love that."

Cyrus also credited Beyoncé with influencing her signature style. "Beyoncé sent me a House of Deréon jacket that said Miley on the back in gold studs, which is my favorite, and some jeans with my name on it," she shared. "In one of my songs, 'Cattitude,' I say, 'And for my 16th birthday, I got Deréon from the house of the queen.'"

Miley Cyrus continues to push boundaries and redefine norms, whether on stage or in the gym, inspiring fans with her unique blend of glamor, talent, and authenticity. For more updates on Miley Cyrus and other celebrity news, sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter.

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