It wasn’t her ride around the Staples Center aboard an enormous hot-dog or even the reveal of her five-foot bong that marked Miley Cyrus’ most surprising moment. No, it was when the former tween queen recently posted two photos of Bikini Kill frontwoman and riot grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna, one captioned “coolest ever.” The internet promptly exploded. Was invoking the underground 90s feminist movement a calculated push from her Disney roots, or is Miley actually this generation’s “Rebel Girl”? Hanna herself apparently believes the latter, responding to Cyrus on Twitter: “I have an idea for an album that only you are daring enough to make.” Until the Kathleen Hanna Montana supergroup actually comes to life, here are i-D’s five favorite riot grrrl moments.
The hippies had Woodstock, riot grrrl had the International Pop Underground Convention. A six-day showcase in Olympia, Washington, the IPU is considered one of the first organized events that pulled together independent bands from both burgeoning grunge and riot grrrl movements. IPU opened with “Grrrl Night,” a heavy hitting lineup of female punk bands including Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, and Heavens to Betsy in one of their first public appearances. IPU’s popularity is credited with bringing the riot grrrl movement to a broader public, galvanising women across the country to start rocking.