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Yekaterina Petrovna "Katya" Zamolodchikova (Russian: Екатерина Петровна Замородчикова), or simply just Katya, 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 "All Stars 2 " runner-up.

Following her succcess 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 WOWPresents, followed by "The Trixie & Katya Show" on Viceland, doing cameos on other TV shows/movies, and touring around the world.

Name Origin

"Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova" (Екатерина Петровна Замолодчикова) comes from the gymnasts Yekaterina Lobaznyuk 1st name, Eugenia Petrovna Kuznetsova middle name, and Elena Zamolodchikova last name. "Katya" (Катя) it's a nickname for "Yekaterina".

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.

Prior to be on Season 7, back in Boston, she used to perform Russian numbers under the Katya alias, while using the name "Katie Homophobia" to perform pop numbers. This stopped before the filming of the show.

RuPaul's Drag Race

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Season Competed Season 7 All Stars 2
Ranking: 5th
(Miss Congeniality)
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

Season 7

• Episode 1: Born Naked — The challenge was to create a nude illusion look with a resort style tearaway for the runway. Katya wore a "Russian red, hippie realness" tearaway and infamously bent over on the runway and showed the judges her asshole. Katya was declared safe from elimination.

• Episode 2: Glamazonian Airways — After winning the mini-challenge, Trixie Mattel chose Katya to join her team. For the main challenge, they had to perform and lip-sync a mash-up of spoken word and song for a pre-flight safety video for Glamazonian Airways. After forgetting her words in the opening monologue of the routine, Katya fell into the Bottom 2, despite a commended runway look. She lip-synced against Sasha Belle, and subsequently sent her home.

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Katya's Jetset Eleganza Runway

• Episode 3: Shakesqueer — The queens had to act out versions of Shakespeare's literary classics. Katya was assigned to Kennedy Davenport's team and they had to perform "MacBitch", a spoof of Macbeth. Katya was given the role of Mary MacBitch. After a disastrous rehearsal, RuPaul told them that he had never seen a bigger car crash in all 7 seasons, and that he expected a vast improvement in the final performance, but that wasn't the case. For the runway, the queens were asked to be "Bearded & Beautiful", walking the runway with beards. Katya delivered a humorous Abraham Lincoln-inspired beard and outfit. She was declared safe from elimination.

• Episode 4: Spoof! (There It Is) — For the main challenge, the contestants were tasked with creating parody music videos for a song in RuPaul's discography. Despite being eager to work together, the team of Katya, Miss Fame, Pearl, and Trixie struggled to come up with a concept for their spoof of "Dance with U", and after bickering amongst each other, decided to go with Trixie's idea of "Tan with U". This week's runway brief was "green". Despite rocky performances from her team, Katya was praised for holding the group together and being genuinely funny. She placed high that week.

• Episode 5: The DESPY Awards — In a red carpet inspired mini-challenge, Katya wore an interpretation of Björk's infamous Swan dress. For this week's maxi challenge, the queens took part in the first edition of the "DESPY Awards". As the winners of the mini challenge, Katya and Mrs. Kasha Davis didn't present an award, and instead acted as co-hosts for the ceremony. Katya was nominated for "Meatiest Tuck" which she won, and also had to give an acceptance speech for. She was praised for her witty performance as a host, but criticized for her outfit. She was declared safe.

• Episode 6: Ru Hollywood Stories — For the main challenge the contestants had to act out RuPaul's, Michelle Visage's, and Merle Ginsberg's, version of events in "Whatever happened to Merle Ginsberg?". Katya played Merle in Merle's recollection, which was universally praised by the judges. Katya went on to win this week's challenge.
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Katya's outfit for the Death Becomes Her runway

• Episode 7: Snatch Game — Katya portrayed financial advisor Suze Orman, which was highly praised by the judges. In the workroom, Katya opened up to Miss Fame about her sobriety and the two shared their struggles. For the runway look, the queens had to wear "Leather & Lace". Her runway look was also highly praised, and overall Katya placed high this week.

• Episode 8: Conjoined Queens — All of the past eliminated Season 7 contestants came back and were paired up with the remaining ones. Together they had to create a conjoined twin look on the runway, and whichever team won, the eliminated queen could enter back into the competition. Katya was assigned with Mrs. Kasha Davis and served a drunken sisters style look on the runway. It was highly praised by the judges, and Katya was placed high that week.

• Episode 9: Divine Inspiration — For the main challenge, the contestants had to act and perform in 3 Divine-inspired comedy spoof sketches. Katya was paired with Kennedy Davenport, and together they acted in "Cha Cha Heels" a parody of "Female Trouble". Their performance was commended by the judges and together they placed high this week. 

• Episode 10: Prancing Queens — The queens had to pair-up and perform in a "Dancing with Stars" style live drag spectacular. Katya's dancing partner was Violet Chachki, and together they danced a mash-up of Tango and Vogue. Their performance was praised for being in sync, stylish and glamorous. For the runway, the queens had to give a dance half and half look based on their dance types, one side male and the other female. Katya and Violet both won this week's challenge, giving Katya her 2nd win in the competition. 

• Episode 11: Hello, Kitty Girls! — For the main challenge, the contestants had to create a Hello Kitty inspired runway look, and create a new character to be Hello Kitty's new BFF. Katya was overcome with anxiety and stress and struggled to make an outfit. Both of Katya's runway looks garnered a lukewarm response from the judges, and she found herself in the Bottom 2 against Kennedy Davenport. After a memorable lip-sync, RuPaul decided that Kennedy should be saved, and Katya was sent home. 

All Stars 2

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Katya's gymnastic number

• Episode 1: All Star Talent Show Extravaganza — Katya was the 1st contestant to enter the workroom. The mini challenge of the season was the iconic "Reading Is Fundamental" challenge where she lost the mini challenge to Alaska. For the all stars talent show, Katya decided to do a gymnastics number. It was also during this episode where Tatianna performed "The Same Parts", a number that Katya references many times after the competition. After the show, RuPaul announced that it was true that she wasn't going to eliminate a queen. But that the queens would have to eliminate each other. She was deemed safe from critiques along with Detox and Alyssa Edwards.

• Episode 2: All Stars Snatch Game — The main challenge was Snatch Game. As the queens were preparing their characters, Adore Delano decided to leave the competition voluntarily and all the remaining contestants gave Adore a hug while trying not to smudge their makeup. Katya portrayed Björk in "Snatch Game" and was deemed top 2 along with Alaska because of their funny impersonations. Katya lost the lip-sync for her legacy to Alaska and was safe from elimination. and joined the rest of the girls at the back of the stage.

• Episode 3: HERstory of the World — After the last episode, It was revealed that Katya would have chosen Tatianna to go home because she didn't do well in the challenge. The main challenge was to perform a lip-sync number of historical women. Katya was chosen to be Princess Diana. She was in the bottom two along with fellow Season 7 competitor Ginger Minj. The winners of the challenge, Alyssa and Detox lip-synced for their legacy with Alyssa winning. It was revealed that Alyssa chose to keep Katya and eliminate Ginger. It was a shock to the contestants because they agreed to eliminate the weakest performer of the week when they fall in the bottom and Katya was deemed the weakest of the week by the other queens. • Episode 4: Drag Movie Shequels — This week, the queens are partnered up and assigned movie shequels of well-known movies which they have to act. Katya was partnered with Detox and the two were assigned the movie shequel, Velma & Weezy. Katya stumbled with her lines at the beginning but mananged to perform well in the challenge. Nonetheless, she ended up on the bottom with competitors Alyssa Edwards and Roxxxy Andrews.


• Episode 5: Revenge of the Queens — In this episode, all the eliminated contestants came back to fight for another chance in the competition. The challenge was to perform a stand-up comedy act as a duo. The eliminated ones chose their partners. Katya was chosen by Ginger Minj and the 2 performed a good comedy act but were not the best pair of the night.


• Episode 6: Drag Fish Tank — This week, contestants were challenged to create a product and a commercial that represents their brand. In the workroom, the guest judge told her to change her product but in the end she did not. Despite the risks, Katya strived in the challenge with her commercial that truly represented her absurd humor and her outfit in the pants runway became one of Katya's iconic looks. She and Alaska won in the episode and the two lip-synced for their legacy. Those in the bottom were Roxxxy and Tatianna. Katya lost again and Alaska chose to eliminate Tatianna. 


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Katya's "Pants on the Runway" look

• Episode 7: Family That Drags Together — After last episode, it was revealed that Katya had chosen to eliminate Roxxxy. In this episode, one of the contestants' relatives are brought into the workroom. They had to makeover their family members and perform a vogue routine with them. Katya and her mother Pat or otherwisely named as "Svetlana Borisnova" delivered phenomenally and they win the challenge along with Detox and her sister. The queens who did not win were automatically placed in the bottom. Katya and Detox lip-sync for their legacy, with Detox winning and eliminating Alyssa. 

• Episode 8: All Stars Supergroup — This week, the queens were tasked to write original rap lyrics and perform RuPaul's song "Read U Wrote U"  as the ultimate girl group. Afterwards, each queen gave a speech on why they should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Katya delivered a heartfelt and tear-jerking speech thanking RuPaul for giving her the chance to show others she was good enough and for allowing her to believe in herself. Roxxxy was eliminated by RuPaul and Alaska, Detox and Katya lip-sync to "If I Were Your Woman". Alaska was crowned and Detox and Katya ended as runner-ups.

Memorable Quotes

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  • "Давай cезон семь!" (russian for "C'mon Season 7!") (Season 7 entrance quote)
  • "Счастливые голодные игры! Суки!" (russian for "Happy Hunger Games, bitches!") ("All Stars 2" entrance quote)
  • "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')
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "When in doubt, show them your asshole."
  • "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."
  • "'Snatch Game' is when we all dress up in latex frog costumes and go through a fiery obstacle course..."
  • "Honey, that wig ws 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."
  • "I'm here to show America that I've become a total fucking monster."
  • "Roxxxy Andrews, I think about you all the time, specially in the morning... at the bus stop."
  • 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."
  • "I am bombarded with a cacophony of demonic voices in my head telling me: 'YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH!'."
  • "My mother? I hate that fucking cunt!... Just kidding!"
  • "Party."
  • "H-E-A-R bitch, I am HERE!"
  • "Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, Talent. What do these qualities have in common? I don't know I am 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." (last part meaning "I'm a star, forever. Thank you so much.")
  • "I have a carburetor outside that I just have to do some work on." (to RuPaul, answering what "я звезда - навсегда. спасибо большое" means)
  • "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."
  • "Without dirty thoughts, there are only dirty dishes."
  • "My pussy is trending on Craigslist."
  • "I don't know anything about science other than that it's really good for you."
  • "I am my own worst enemy."
  • "Why try new things, when you can try nothing?"
  • "I don't take anything personally, except most things."
  • "I do not jump for joy. I frolic in doubt."
  • "I touch myself so you don't have to."
  • "I would trample my dying grandmother to win this fucker."
  • "Woo! I'm a mountain biking vampire witch from the future!"
  • "Fuck my pussy with a rake, mom."
  • "Will you settle for a guy who just wants to stick it in?"
  • "Senta na minha cara, vagabunda." (Brazilian portuguese for "Sit on my face, bitch.")
  • "Care for a fucking?"
  • "If you haven't been running for the school bus crying with a choker on at 13, 14 or 15, you don't know shit about the 90's."

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 studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design;
  • Zamolodchikova is 5"10 (1,77 m);
  • She's amost polyglot (speaks English, Russian, French, and a little bit of a few other languages);
  • As a drag persona, she's characterized as bisexual, but out of drag, identifies as a gay man;
  • Even though being a Russian drag persona, she's mostly characterized with USSR elements;
  • She has stated that she has never been in a long-term relationship;
  • She'a a main character in the sequel to "Hurricane Bianca 2";
  • Her favorite movie is "Contact" and her love for it has become a running gag in "UNHhhh";
  • Her favorite meme is "On my way to steal your man";
  • She frequently references lines from "The Same Parts" by Tatianna and she has usually expressed her adoration for it;
  • In January 2018, she announced a short break from drag to take care of her mental health and addiction. Her performances have been postponed until 2019;
  • Following her hiatus, she started doing a podcast called "Whimsically Volatile" , wherein she discuss different topics each episode;
  • She, Trixie Mattel, Jinkx Monsoon, RuPaul, and Alaska were made into Funko Pop! figurines;
  • She's one of the few "RuPaul's Drag Race" alumni to reach 1 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 queens thought she was actually Russian. She has mentioned that her audience occasionally mistakes her for being Russian as well;
  • In "All Stars 2", she was the only queen in the Top 5 to not be from the Season 5;
  • She and Alaska are one of the few pairs of queens to lip sync against each other twice (on "All Stars 2"), the other pairs being BenDeLaCreme with 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's, so far, the contestant with the most 'LipSync for your Legacy' losses with 4 ("Le Freak" by Chic and "Cherry Bomb" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts against Alaska, "Step It Up" by RuPaul, and Dave Audé, and "If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight & The Pips;
  • She was the highest placing Miss Congeniality competing for the 2nd time until Monét X Change won "All Stars 4".

Gallery

Season 7 Looks

All Stars 2 Looks

Videos

Best of Katya Season 7

Best of Katya Season 7

Katya After A Long Night Of Hooking

Katya After A Long Night Of Hooking

Katya's All Stars 2 Runway Looks

Katya's All Stars 2 Runway Looks

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. Alaska, Katya, Detox, 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 7, 8, and 10
  • (2016) "Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul"
  • (2016) "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars", on Season 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"

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"

Music Videos

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

Social Media

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