Brian Joseph McCook was born on May 1, 1982, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He is of Irish origin. However, he is better known by his stage name Yekaterina ‘Katya’ Petrovna Zamolodchikova, who is a drag queen and internet celebrity best known for appearing in the seventh season of the reality competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” as well as the second season of the reality competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars.” Since 2006, he has been working in the sector.


Family and upbringing

Brian Joseph McCook, also known as Katya, was born on May 1, 1982, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He grew up in Marlborough, Massachusetts, with his older brother and younger sister. He is of Irish ancestry and got raised in the Catholic faith.



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Brian graduated from ‘Marlborough High School‘ in 2001. He then went to the ‘Massachusetts Faculty of Art and Style,’ where he studied video and performance art as part of the ‘Studio for Interconnected Media’ (SIM) program. He’s got interested in drag for quite some time now.

Brian Joseph McCook has often been outspoken about her love life and sexual orientation. Even though her drag character is bisexual, her male identity, Brian, is gay. Katya has a lot of perspiration, which causes her to sweat a lot. As a result, she got known as “show business’s sweatiest lady.” Tracey Ullman, Maria Bamford, and Amy Sedaris are among her favorite female comedians. Katya despises Disney films.


Full NameBrian Joseph McCook
Date of BirthMay 1, 1982
Birth PlaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States
Age39 years
Father's NameN/A
Mother's NameN/A
OccupationDrag queen comedian actor reality television personality author
Body MeasurementN/A
Height5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
Weight66 kg or 145.5 lbs
Hair ColorDark Brown
Eyes ColorBlue
Sexual OrientationGay
Nick NameKatya Zamolodchikova
Net worth$1 million


When Brian was in college, he became interested in cross-dressing. He hosted a wacky show in which he portrayed a Russian child. His results received a lot of positive feedback. On the other hand, Brian drew the drag queen character ‘Katya Zamolodchikova,’ who has since become Brian’s alter-ego.

Brian Joseph McCook, the drag character, got depicted as a sophisticated Russian prostitute with a dark sense of humor. The character’s name, which was created in 2006, may combine several Russian names and included Elena Zamolodchikova, one of Brian’s favorite Russian gymnasts. One of Brian’s professors was the inspiration for creating a Russian character.

Brian was fascinated by an academician who excelled in drag makeup and could wear drag costumes with ease while in faculty. Several of Brian’s favorite female comedians, such as Tracy Ullman, Maria Bamford, and Amy Sedaris, also left an impression on the character.

Brian also enrolled in Russian language classes and worked hard to refine his Russian accent so that Brian Joseph McCook could play the role with a natural Russian accent.


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Early Drag Career

Brian got determined to become a retardant queen after his first drag appearance, which took place in a sewer in Worcester. Katya Zamolodchikova made her stage debut in Jacques Cabaret’s ‘Perestroika,’ a monthly drag show. Katya quickly rose to prominence in Boston’s drag community.

Katya’s performances were primarily focused on songs by well-known Russian artists such as Alla Pugacheva, t.A.T.u., and Glukoza. Katya’s performances, it seems, increased the popularity of these songs worldwide, especially in gay clubs.


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RuPaul’s Drag Race

Katya Zamolodchikova rose to international prominence after appearing in the seventh season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ an LGBT reality show on Logo TV. She had previously auditioned for the show four times. Katya won a lot of hearts during her time on the show. Brian Joseph McCook was one of the most well-known contestants on the program. She got eliminated in the eleventh episode after winning two challenges on the show. When she got eliminated, she was in fifth place.

Her elimination, however, was debatable since she was the audience’s favorite contestant. Despite not winning the competition, Brian Joseph McCook’s charisma and stellar performances earned her the title of ‘Miss Congeniality,’ which she passed on to Greek deity Lee Fontaine in the season finale of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ on May 16, 2016. Katya appeared in the second season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars,’ a production of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’ She was the challenger at the end of her journey on the show.


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YouTube Career

Katya Zamolodchikova then went on to start her own company. She began an internet series, ‘UNHhhh,’ on the ‘YouTube’ channel ‘World of surprise,’ in March 2016. Trixie Mattel, a fellow drag queen, co-hosted the show. Katya had previously appeared on the album ‘Christmas Queens .’ She sang a modified version of the song ‘12 Days of Christmas.’

Katya and Trixie launched their show on the ‘Viceland’ channel in August 2017. The ‘Trixie & Katya Show,’ which premiered on November 15, 2017, was a continuation of ‘UNHhhh.’ Katya began to use social media due to this. She has over 168 thousand subscribers to her ‘YouTube’ channel, ‘welovekatya,’ where she has uploaded several internet series. ‘RuGRETs,’ ‘RuFLECTIONS,’ ‘Drag one hundred and one,’ ‘Complete RuCall,’ and ‘Irregardlessly Trish’ are a few of the most popular internet series. Katya briefly appeared in the 2018 film ‘Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia with Hate,’ in which she played a minor role.

She and an American producer Craig MacNeil co-host the podcast ‘Whimsically Volatile.’ Brian Joseph McCook also has a website where she blogs, keeps her fans up to date on her shows and sells her signature merchandise.

Katya had previously confessed to being smitten by drugs on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’ Brian Joseph McCook got admitted to the ‘Serenity Care Center‘ in Surprise, Arizona, for treatment due to her addiction. She once snatched $20,000 to buy medication. Katya had previously confessed to providing sex in return for money. She is now, however, completely free of any addiction.


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Brian Joseph McCook’s Net Worth

According to authoritative sources, Brian Joseph McCook’s total net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, accrued through his self-made participation in the industry as a problem queen and web personality.



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