Brandi Cyrus is Unapologetically Authentic

Aida Toro

January 9, 2023

Brandi Cyrus wearing dress by Norma Kamali, jewelry by EK JEWELERS and boots by RALPH LAUREN. 
Photographed in Sheridan, Wyoming’s  COLTS UNLIMITED.

For Brandi Cyrus, time is precious. She’s a mastermind in balancing her career, hobbies, family, and more through her perfectly thought-out strategies. Most importantly, owning who she is and inspiring the world to do the same. “I’ve built my presence based on who I am…I don’t have some curated feed,” said Cyrus. “I am who I am 24 hours a day, no matter who I am around.”

Cyrus, a Nashville native, is a very well-known disc jockey (DJ) and podcast host alongside her mother, Tish Cyrus for podcast Sorry, We’re Stoned, in addition to You’re Favorite Thing podcast with Wells Adams. Although Cyrus has been in the public eye for quite some time, Tish, alongside her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, raised her just like any other child. The Cyrus’s made sure she had a normal upbringing. They enrolled her in public school and had her participate in activities such as cheerleading, piano lessons, horseback riding, and more. Cyrus also mentioned she had a part-time job when she was 15,  just like any other teenager, which is part of the reason why she is who she is today. “I was expected to pay for my own shit,” she said. “An example is when I turned 15, and my mom told me that she’d buy me an $8,000 Nissan Altima, and I had to get a job to pay for the car’s gas.”

Brandi Cyrus wearing two piece suit by KZ_K Studio paired with crop top by Commando and jewelry by EK JEWELERS. Photographed in Sheridan, Wyoming’s WELCOME MARKETPLACE.
Brandi Cyrus wearing jumpsuit by Sungods Official. Belt Vintage. Jewelry by EK JEWELERS. 

“I’ve built my presence based on who I am…I don’t have some curated feed,” said Cyrus. “I am who I am 24 hours a day, no matter who I am around.”

Fast forward to the present day, and you can find Cyrus scratching her mixes at fashion parties, major openings around the U.S., international music festivals, and more. She mentioned that her go-to genres for playing at her gigs are hip-hop and electronic music, which she intertwines to create remix mashups. “Now that I’m DJing and playing these bigger clubs where house music is expected, I started to really dive into it and figure out what house and electronic music I enjoy,” explained Cyrus. “When I play these remixes in the club, there is a vibe for sure. It’s fun to mix electronic music with the hip-hop stuff that I love because there is a way to do both. To me, that’s the creative art of DJing… making it all work together.”

Cyrus played her last set for 2022 in Miami on New Year’s Eve (NYE). During this time, she also managed her schedule wisely, because she wanted to spend time with Miley while supporting her live show performance on NBC in Miami for NYE. “I was super strategic about trying to make Miami happen so I didn’t have to leave and could just stay put, spend time with family, and get to do my job,” said Cyrus. “I feel like I manifested that, which I was really excited about.”

Jumpsuit by TIN WAGON THE FINERY. Belt VINTAGE. Boots by Coconuts Matisse Agency Western. Jewelry by EK JEWELERS.  Photographed in Sheridan, Wyoming’s MINT BAR

Now that 2023 is here, Cyrus stated January and February are slow months for her in terms of DJing. For her, this is normally the time she gets to compete with her horses the most. She takes advantage of the winter circuits and uses her downtime to go to Florida, where she participates in these competitions. Even when she’s home in good old Nashville, she prioritizes riding. “For me, it’s super important to be in the saddle as much as possible,” expressed Cyrus. “I like to ride at least four days a week when I’m home.”

Cyrus likes to be home for a couple of weeks before competing so that she and her horse are fit enough to ride. Therefore, Cyrus believes being an equestrian athlete goes back to being strategic and making an effort. “I make an extreme effort,” she said. “Sometimes it means I turn down going out with my friends on a Friday night for drinks because I may need to be up for a riding lesson at 8:00 am.”

Riding and competing are two major components that fuel Cyrus’s everyday life; therefore, she prioritizes being an equestrian athlete. With that said, she has a couple of equestrian venues she’s very fond of, such as Menlo Park that hosts the Menlo Charity Horse Show and the newly opened World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida. “It’s literally Disney World for horse people,” said Cyrus about the World Equestrian Center. “They’ve got like 15 rings, all the footing is incredible, and half of the center is indoors in case there’s rain, and then they have grass fields outside.”

“People ask me what helps me get out of a funk, and for me, it’s to just get outside and unplug from freaking technology,” said Cyrus. “When you are out in nature, you are left alone with your feelings, which forces you to look inward…I think that’s very healing and very eye-opening.”

Cyrus takes the time to relax and restore when she’s not riding or DJing. She feels it’s vital for one to ground themselves, as we can all get a little lost from time to time in everyday life. “People ask me what helps me get out of a funk, and for me, it’s to just get outside and unplug from freaking technology,” said Cyrus. “When you are out in nature, you are left alone with your feelings, which forces you to look inward…I think that’s very healing and very eye-opening.”

Jacket Western Vintage House Magazine Showroom. Boots by Coconuts Matisse. Jewelry by Maison Miru. Photographed in Sheridan, Wyoming’s KING’S ROPES & SADDLERY.

Cyrus believes a key ingredient in life is having a reason to get out of bed in the morning. There was a period in her life where she felt she didn’t have anything to look forward to when waking up in the morning. Cyrus recalls being 21 years old and fresh out of college without a clue of what to do with her life.  “I had a few tough months and I could see how they were a slippery slope for me,” said Cyrus. “Interestingly enough, I wasn’t riding horses during that time in my life.” Cyrus continued, “I had left my horse in Tennessee, retired him, moved out to California, and wasn’t plugged into the horse community there yet. That just goes to show how important riding is for me and who I am at my core.” 

Nowadays, horses get Cyrus out of bed in the morning. Overall, she never puts her eggs in one basket because she feels happiness can be found through all of the amazing things life offers. “I’ve just always been that personality type,” said Cyrus. “I’ve never been the person to just focus on one thing. The most important thing in life is to do things that you love”. 

Want to learn more about Brandi Cyrus? Follow her on Instagram @brandicyrus

Photography Credits:

Written by Aida M. Toro

Photography by Jana Schuessler 

Creative Direction by Natalie T. Steger

Hair by Lauryn Cooper, assisted by Sunshine Rose

Makeup by Lezly Delgado, assisted by Sydney D’Agosta

Styling by Natalie T. Steger, assisted by Savannah Maddocks

Produced by Great Social Club, assisted by Claire Grisolano