Say what you will about Heidi Montag, The Hills' actress rocks a killer body (and no, it's not all the result of a doctor visit!). Heidi, who just posed for this month's issue of Playboy, hit the gym with trainer Chad Waterbury to get in shape before her photo shoot--and her first live performance at Sunday's Miss Universe Competition. We talked to Heidi about why she really needed to get in shape for Miss Universe, her go-to toning move and what we can expect from MTV's most controversial couple this season.
Heidi will take the stage at the 58th Annual Miss Universe pageant with artists including Flo Rida, David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. For her first performance ever, (live, no less!), she's pretty confident--even if she'll be singing at "the biggest televised event in the history of TV, bigger than the Super Bowl, it's bigger than the World Cup." "I like to go the bigger, the better," Heidi tells SELF. "So this is actually a miracle, a dream come true, I feel so blessed, so honored to be able to do this. All I've wanted to do since I was a little girl was to be a performer."
She'll debut her latest single, "Body Language," which seems pretty apt considering the amount of effort she's put into getting in shape for Playboy. "I've definitely gotten in great shape for that, it's the perfect title considering everything!" she says. "In Playboy, you just see the photos, but in Miss Universe, you see it live, what my body looks like and what I've been working for."
To get that body, she worked with Hollywood trainer Chad Waterbury, who she met through her husband, Spencer Pratt. "Chad only trains professional athletes. And we met him, and I was like 'You know what? I need to get in REALLY good shape, you think you're up to the challenge?' And he kind of laughed at me and he was like 'Oh, that's easy! I can get you into shape in no time.'"
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The actress-turned-singer almost quit at first. "It's definitely not a weenie workout," she warns. "It's not for a girl who just wants to look skinny. I wanted to be strong, I wanted to be fit, I wanted to be in shape. It was so hard and so challenging, but then I started getting more athletic and really building my body. Since then, I'm just more and more inspired every time I see the results!"
Her number one goal from the workout: to build a better behind. "I had just the flattest butt!" Heidi admits. "I wanted it to be pure muscle and be curvier. Playboy is very feminine, sexy, curvy and I really wanted to go for that look."
You can find that move and whole lot more in her new online workout, at TheHeidiMontagWorkout.com. "The e-book is a healthy lifestyle to adapt and adjust your body to every day," she says. "You can download exercises, a plan to break-down what you should do each day, a whole health plan--it's really a lifestyle of fitness."
With the Playboy issue on stands, Heidi is thrilled with the results. "I didn't even realize my body looked that amazing until the day of the shoot. I was like, 'Are you sure I'm ready?' And Chad was laughing at me and was like 'Of course you're ready! Have you looked in a mirror?' And I hadn't really!" she says. "I never felt so confident, I never felt so sexy and feminine and strong at the same time. Chad truly transformed every inch of my body."
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But now that Heidi's shaped herself into her perfect body with hard work and a healthy lifestyle, what's up with her wanting more plastic surgery? "You can't work out your boobs," she informs. "Now that I have more powerful curves, to me personally, my boobs look a lot smaller. I want to even it out, but it's not anything I'm doing tomorrow, that's for sure! The fun thing about surgery is that they always have new things you can try. I'm not sure what's on that list right now, but I'm sure as I get older, I'll want to keep up with maintenance as most Hollywood does."
Speaking of Hollywood: Heidi sneaked in her call to SELF while taking a break from filming season six of The Hills--which she calls the best season ever (could it be because Lauren Conrad parted ways with the show?). "Kristin Cavallari and the drama she is bringing--the hurricane is going to be incredible," the actress hints. "I think there's going to be a whole new audience. With Lauren on it, she didn't really put a lot of her personal life on the show. Kristin comes in full throttle and that's what people want to see, that's what the audience wants to connect to, every part of your life. God willing, I don't see the show going anywhere but up from here."
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And what can we expect from the fame- and publicity-loving Speidi? "You definitely see how our life has changed now that we're married. I want to have kids eventually or soon, and Spencer's not too into that, so we'll discuss all that," says Heidi. "Our story's more like Newlyweds."
America's most controversial newlyweds, at least. But Heidi embraces the attention. "I love that people feel like they're part of us and part of our relationship," she says. "I love that they talk about us and acknowledge us because, especially in pop culture right now, it's so hard to even be a part of it and be relevant in it. So that fact that we're so out there and people even care is a great sign to me."
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