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Yekaterina Petrovna "Katya" Zamolodchikova (RU: Екатерина Петровна "Катя" Замолодчикова), or simply just Katya (RU: Катя), is the stage name of Brian McCook, a drag queen, performer, comedian, acting, artist, and one of the Season 7 contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race (placed 5th and winner of the "Miss Congeniality" title), as well as one of the All Stars 2 runners-up.

Following her success on the show, she started releasing well-received recap videos during her run on both seasons, and later, alongside Trixie Mattel, begun hosting the YouTube show UNHhhh on World of Wonder's YouTube channel, followed by The Trixie & Katya Show on Viceland, and released their book Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood[1], as well as doing cameos on other TV shows/movies, and touring around the world.[2]

Drag Name Origin

Katya's full drag name comes from Russian gymnasts: Yekaterina Lobaznyuk, Eugenia Kuznetsova & Elena Zamolodchikova. Katya is a nickname for Yekaterina.[3]

Katya's last name, "Zamolodchikova", was dropped from the show, and she was mononymously referred to as "Katya". This follows a succession of past contestants such as "Detox Icunt", "Alaska Thunderfuck 5000", and "Willam Belli".

Before being on Season 7, back in Boston, she used to perform Russian numbers under the name "Katya", while to perform pop numbers, "Katie Homophobia". This stopped before the filming of the show.[4]

RuPaul's Drag Race

Katya
Season Competed: Season 7 All Stars 2
Ranking: 5th Place
Miss Congeniality
2nd/3rd Place
(Runner-Up)
Maxi Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 6, 10) 3 (Eps. 2, 6, 7)
Mini Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 5) 0
Times as Team Captain: 0 0
Times in Bottom: 2 (Eps. 2, 11) 2 (Eps. 3, 4)
Episode Eliminated: Episode 11 Episode 8

Memorable Quotes

Season 7

  • "Давай cезон семь!" (Russian for "C'mon Season 7!") (Season 7 entrance quote)
  • (in Russian accent) "Is this the Schulman bar mitzvah?"
  • "девочки!" (Russian for "Girls!")
  • "I'm just your average run-of-the-mill Russian bisexual transvestite hooker."
  • "Katya is at the intersection of glamour and comedy. You can find her right on the corner, selling her ass."
  • "When do I get to blow them?... I can't say that?" (referring to the Pit Crew)
  • "I don't know what Ms. Crab Lady is doing in that lip-sync but the bearded hoe is turning it out!" (referring to Tempest DuJour and Kandy Ho, respectively)
  • "I am sweating like a hooker in church."
  • "I definitely needed to make a statement, so I try to pound my vagina into that stage so hard the building shakes."
  • "Ginger's transformation is pretty remarkable. She goes from Kathy Bates to Bob Hoskins."
  • "When in doubt, show them your asshole."
  • "I'm not a dancer, per se, but I can move my body in a compelling way... it usually compels people to leave the room."
  • "I'm not actually that young, I'm just ignorant."
  • "I believe it was the great American painter Bob Ross who said: 'The key to a swollen vagina is... courage'."
  • "I feel confident, I feel sexy, I feel stupid."
  • "I'm feeling the Shark Week fantasy."
  • "'Snatch Game' is when we all dress up in latex frog costumes and go through a fiery obstacle course..."
  • "Honey, that wig was a bad investment." (as Suze Orman, to Miss Fame as Donatella Versace on "Snatch Game")
  • "I'm trying to just serve sexy and confident, whore. Slutty cougar on the prowl. 3rd rate Faith Hill impersonator. 80% sexy, 20% disgusting."
  • "In Russia, death and sex are the same. Cold, wet, dark and painful."
  • "Kennedy's RuPaul was the weirdest fucking thing ever."
  • "You know you want this crocheted pussy."

All Stars 2

  • "Счастливые голодные игры! Суки!" (Russian for "Happy Hunger Games, bitches!") (All-Stars 2 entrance quote)
  • "I'm here to show America that I've become a total fucking monster."
  • "Roxxxy Andrews, I think about you all the time, especially in the morning... at the bus stop." (said during All Stars 2's "Reading is Fundamental" challenge)
  • "You're telling me that in addition to the $100,000 prize, we get $10,000 for each lip sync we win? That means I could walk out of here with at least $300,000... What, I didn't go to fucking school for math."
  • "It's a new day in the werkroom, um, I hate those new day in the werkroom confessions." *laughs*
  • "(...) I am bombarded with a cacophony of demonic voices in my head telling me: *does a devilish deep voice* 'YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH!'." (said during All Stars 2's "Drag Fish Tank" challenge)
  • "My mom...I hate that fucking cunt!... Just kidding!"
  • "Party." (to Alaska)
  • "H-E-A-R bitch, I am HERE!"
  • "I have to say that there's a part of me that's feeling very intrigued, and aroused, and seduced by this new power. (laughs)" (said during All Stars 2 confessionals)
  • "It's a new day in the werkroom, and I'm feeling very good and sexy, and really grateful to be here."
  • ♪ "Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova, but your dad just calls me Katya. I'm the bright red scare with the long blonde hair, always keep 'em coming back for more. You're a basic ass hoe and it's your time to go, so, bitch, let me show you the door! 'Cause it's me who's getting laid, and I'm always getting paid. The only high-class Russian whore! I'm a scorching hot mess in a skin-tight dress, that's a rash, not a herpes sore! Lenin in the streets, Dostoievski in the sheets, baby, are you ready for this Cold War? Katya Zamolodchikova" ♪ (Katya's verse in, "Read U Wrote U")
  • "Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, Talent. What do these qualities have in common? I don't know, I'm not a scientist. I stand here, a charismatic woman, of grace and dignity, with a unique sense of humor and point of view. In season 7, you let me show the world that I'm good enough and here, you let me believe it myself, and I can't thank you enough for that. As they say in Russia: я звезда - навсегда. спасибо большое."
  • "I have a carburetor outside that I just have to do some work on." (to RuPaul, answering what "я звезда - навсегда. спасибо большое" means)

UNHhhh

  • "In Russia, money, power, and wealth are the keys to experiencing the full depth and breadth of lesbianism."
  • "In America, talk is cheap... in Colombia talk is... Spanish."
  • "I'm the visual depiction of untreated mental illness."
  • "Woo! I'm a mountain biking vampire witch from the future!"
  • "Fuck my pussy with a rake, mom!"
  • "I used to pray to God to take away my ass hair." (said during UNHhhh, episode 77)
  • "I don't like eating a butt that's dirty." (said during UNHhhh, episode 81)
  • *turns around* "Care for a fucking?"
  • "And I was a falsetto child: Katya!" (said during UNHhhh, episode 119)
  • "You are so fucking gay. Let me tell you about you. Hi! You are gay. As. Shit. You are the gayest fucking piece of shit I've ever met in my life. So gay. So homosexual. So clearly and thoroughly gay. So fucking gay. Did you know?" (said during UNHhhh, episode 119)

Farewell Message

Season 7

" Девочки! Я вас люблю! (Girls! I love you!) If you need me, you know where to find me. (The dumpster out back) XOXO Katya AKA The Brooke Hogan of Drag AKA Diarrhea Perlman ♡♡♡"

Trivia

  • Katya Zamolodchikova graduated from Marlborough High School in 2000, and after attending Boston University for a year, decided to transfer to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, there discovering the art of doing drag[5].
  • Zamolodchikova is almost a polyglot (speaks English, Russian, French, and a little bit of a few other ones. like Japanese and Portuguese)[6].
  • As a drag persona, she's identifies as bisexual but, out of drag, identifies as a gay man.
  • Even though her drag persona is Russian, she's mostly characterized with USSR elements.
  • Her favourite movie is 1997 Contact[7].
  • Her favourite TV series is Game of Thrones[8].
  • She turned Tatianna's spoken word talent show performance, "The Same Parts", into a running gag on UNHhhh[9].
  • She used to host a monthly drag show called "Perestroika" at the Jacques Cabaret[10].
  • In January 2018, she announced a short break from drag to take care of her mental health and addiction.
  • Following her hiatus, she started doing a podcast called Whimsically Volatile, where she discusses different topics each episode.
  • Along with Trixie Mattel, Jinkx Monsoon, RuPaul, and Alaska, she was made into Funko Pop! figurine[11].
  • She's one of the few RuPaul's Drag Race alumni to reach 2 million followers on Instagram.
  • She originally auditioned for Season 3.
  • During Season 7, she revealed that she had a previous history of alcohol and drug addiction.
  • After her entrance in Season 7, some of the other contestants thought she was Russian. She has mentioned that her audience occasionally mistakes her for being Russian as well.
  • She was the only All-Stars 2 contestant in the Top 5 to not be originally from Season 5.
  • She and Alaska are one of the few pairs of contestants to lip-sync against each other twice (on All Stars 2), the other pairs being BenDeLaCreme against Darienne Lake, and Shangela.
  • Both of her entrance quotes were taken from entrance quotes said by contestants on previous seasons, except translated into Russian. Her Season 7 entrance was a reference to Laganja Estranja's entrance quote. Her All-Stars 2 entrance was originally said by Chad Michaels during her All Stars 1 entrance.
  • She stated that All Stars 2's "Read U Wrote U" performance was difficult. She had to do her look (for the performance) in her hotel room, and during a take, she even dropped her fan.
  • She's the 3rd ever contestant to place for 2 consecutive weeks on Bottom, and later win a challenge, in the same season, the first two being Raven in Season 2 and Adore Delano on Season 6.
  • She's, so far, the contestant with the most "Lip Sync for Your Legacy" losses with 3.
    • She also is the only queen with multiple wins on an All Stars season, but not a single Lip Sync for Your Legacy win.
    • She has also lost the most lipsyncs of any Drag Race contestant ever. If the Lipsync for the Crown in All Stars 2 is included, she has a lost a total of five out of six lipsyncs across her appearances.
      • Ironically, her close friend and co-host Trixie Mattel has the second most losses, having lost four out of five lipsyncs.
  • She was the highest placing Miss Congeniality competing for the 2nd time until Monét X Change won All Stars 4.
  • On June 15, 2020, Katya hit 2 million followers on Instagram, making her the fourth queen to hit this feat, after Bianca Del Rio, Trixie Mattel, and Adore Delano, as well as the first Miss Congeniality to hit this feat.
  • Trixie and Katya co-hosted the YouTube Streamy Awards in 2020, and the two of them won the Streamy for Best Unscripted Series with their YouTube show title UNHhhh, which they were previously nominated for in the Show of the Year category but did not win.
  • Katya revealed on The Bald and the Beautiful that she was asked to be a Lip Sync Assassin for All Stars but she refused as she didn't want to make a fool of herself if she lost. She also said that she wouldn't compete on Drag Race again.

Gallery

Season 7 Looks

Season 8 Looks

All Stars 2 Looks

Season 10 Looks

UK 1 Looks

Videos

Discography

Appearances

  • "Drag U" (2015) by RuPaul ft. Katya
  • "12 Days of Christmas" (2015) from Christmas Queens
  • "Read U Wrote U" (2016) by RuPaul ft. RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars 2 Cast (Alaska, Detox, Katya, Roxxxy Andrews)
  • "Thigh High" (2016) by Electric Street Queens ft. Katya
  • "Bossa Nova Christmas in Outer Space" (2016) by Jackie Beat, Katya from Christmas Queens 2
  • "The Night Before Contact" (2017) by Trixie Mattel ft. Katya

Filmography

TV

  • (2015-2018) RuPaul's Drag Race, on Seasons 3, 7, 8, and 10
  • (2016) Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul
  • (2016) RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars 2
  • (2017) Playing House
  • (2017-2018) The Trixie & Katya Show
  • (2018) America's Next Top Model, on Cycle 24
  • (2018) Room 104
  • (2019) Tales of the City
  • (2019) Help Me, I'm Dying
  • (2019) RuPaul's Drag Race UK, on Season 1

Movies

  • (2016) Redmond Hand, Private Dick
  • (2017) Sebastian
  • (2018) Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia with Hate
  • (2018) The Quiet Room

Web Series

  • (2015) Untucked, on Season 7
  • (2015) Transformations
  • (2015-2016) Katya's YouTube channel series RuFLECTIONS, RuGRETS, Irregardlessly Trish, I'm Not a Doctor with Dr. Katya, Drag 101, Total RuCall
  • (2015-2018) Fashion Photo RuView
  • (2016-Present) UNHhhh
  • (2017) Painted by Fame
  • (2017-2018) Pit Stop
  • (2019) Runway Rewind
  • (2019) The Queens

Music Videos

  • "Drag U" (2015) by RuPaul ft. Katya
  • "Thigh High" (2016) by Electric Street Queens ft. Katya


Music

Tours

Headlining

  • (2018-Present) Help Me, I'm Dying
  • (2020) The UNHhhh Tour

Supporting

  • (2015-2017) RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons
  • (2015-2016) Christmas Queens Tour

References

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