Drag Queen

Katya Is Taking a Break From Drag!

Katya Zamolodchikova, better known as Katya, Miss Congeniality from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7, finalist from RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 2 and co-star of the hit Viceland Show The Trixe and Katya Show has gone on Instagram to make a very important announcement that has left fans gasping.

Brian McCook, the artist behind Katya, went live on Instagram to share that after a lot of working, he is taking a break from drag to focus on himself and his mental health.



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On RPDR, we learned that Katya had struggled with substance abuse and mental health in the past so this possibly comes at a time when he needs it the most.

I was witness to Katya’s incredible work ethic when I met the queen at a meet & greet late last year. Katya hosted an amateur drag competition where at one point she jumped on stage and did multiple drops to splits to Read U Wrote U. After all of that, Katya met and took photos with hundreds of fans until the wee hours of the night—interacting with every single one like only she knows how to do! No wonder he drinks all that Coke (the soda, not the drug).

Katya took to social media speaking only in French—as only a unique artist would.

Here is a translation of what her message had to say:

Hi, it's Katya. This is a message transmitted in French, if you're not French this is not going to make any sense to you.

In French, I'm going to talk about David Lynch, and also about my health.

There is no emergency, there is no emergency. But I needed to take a little break. It was time to take a vacation, because my health, the drugs, my brain, that wasn't good.

If you're French, this will make perfectly sense.

I speak French, but I never have the opportunity to practice speaking French because I'm always busy, I'm always working. I work a lot.

But I am not crazy, you understand of course. I'm a language student first, an artist second, a drag queen third. Health is the most important thing for me.

You have to understand me. In the future, I need to take more vacations, I'm a person, I'm a human. You need to hear me.

Right now, this is not a crisis. I'm taking a vacation for me. I need to take a vacation. The sun is there, I'm happy. My health is here, I'm happy.

I'm telling you this with a sense of urgency. I'm not dying. Let me tell you the truth. I'm not dying, I want to live. I'm a drug addict, but I'm sober. Today, and yesterday. And before. But I need to take a vacation, because I want to survive, like Gloria Gaynor.

I'm not arrogant, I'm intelligent.

I'm ok. I'm not dying because I want to live.

But I need to take vacations, like a normal person. The people who are listening will understand, can understand. And that's all I wanted to say, that's all. In French, because it's the language of knowledge. All languages are languages of knowledge, but I speak in French because I need to speak slowly to speak correctly.

I don't have a drug crisis right now, because I'm sober. I'm taking care of myself today. And that is the reason why I'm happy. But I need to choose carefully the projects that will not ... you understand.

The most important is that I keep coming back.

I speak French because it's a language I understand fluently, better than Russian, Spanish, and Japanese. That's all.

In French, I need to say, I'm human. That's all. It's a joke for Americans, for French people, it's not.

I love French, I've always loved French. I learned French because I love French. Today, right now, I tell you "bonjour."

But I need to take a vacation because I'm tired, I'm exhausted, my brain doesn't work anymore, because of the drugs, because of all the gigs, I believe you understand. We'll see, and I wish you a good day. Bye bye.

Wishing Brian a lot of rest during this time off—we can’t wait to see a re-energized, re-born Katya when you’re ready!


I am fit. I am also a vulnerable being. #provocativewoman @thedragseries

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This Drag Wrestler Just Might Change The World of Wrestling

The world of wrestling has always been a little gay (let’s be honest), but it seems that in the past few years more and more LGBTQ wrestlers have been appearing. (And we mean real LGBTQ wrestlers, not the ones who pretend as a gimmick).

We’ve talked about a pansexual wrestler named Jack Sexsmith with you all before, and now we’re happy to talk about a wrestler in drag who might have influenced an increase in LGBTQ-ness in the ring.

Rick Cataldo’s wrestling career took a positive upturn in 2014 when he formed the Fella Twins, which was created in part by the inspiration of female wresters that came before.

"At an early age I was attracted because even in such a violent atmosphere there could be beauty and colour," he tells Newsbeat.

"Plus, the big boobs and the blonde hair? That wasn't so bad either."


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Before that, Cataldo had a hard time fitting into the world of wrestling. While some wrestlers put on fake personas of being gay, Cataldo found out the life of a real gay wrestler was hard.

"They'd throw my bags out of the locker room because they found out I was gay and it wasn't just a character [I was playing]," he explains.

"To this day, independent companies won't book me because of a fear of what families might say."

But that’s when something finally clicked inside Cataldo and he decide to try wrestling in drag. That’s when he found that being himself in the ring could really work.

Now that’s it’s been three years later, Cataldo is proud of the legacy he’s building and he's also proud to see that more LGBTQ wrestlers are coming up behind him.

"Over the last three years there have been a lot of LGBT wrestlers," he explains.

"A lot of them reached out to me and said how much I'd inspired them. I reach back to a lot of them because there was no-one before me to do that."

But just this amount of success isn’t stopping Rick Cataldo. He has big plans in store.

"My main goal, overall, was to look back and have left a dent in the world of professional wrestling," he says.

We think you’re well on your way Cataldo.

Update: An earlier version of this post refered to Rick Cataldo as WWE wrestler. After he quickly pointed out that wasn't the case, we corrected the article.





RuPaul Fans Are Praising This Drag Queen Superhero Comic

Image via Instagram

We all know that drag queens can be some of the bravest and most amazing people out there, so it’s only fitting that there be a superhero story about a drag queen.

Kickass Drag Queen is an Instagram account that’s started up its own story about a drag queen superhero.

More often than not, we here on Instinct share with you Instagram pictures of this muscular shirtless guy or that muscular shirtless guy, but we don’t as often share the creativity and diversity that can be found on Instagram.

Well, today we’ll change that a little bit by sharing this new Instagram comic series.

The series was originally created by RuPaul season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen.


Queens with crowns be like. . . Illustration: @matteolane

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"First, the name hit me: Kickass Drag Queen, which I just thought was a funny name for a superhero. Also, I really like on-the-nose drag names, as you can tell, because my name is Bob the Drag Queen," she told Vice, "There's just something funny about that to me. It tells you everything you're getting upfront. You know she's a drag queen. You know she kicks ass."

Bob then got comedian Matteo Lane involved to do the illustrations and the account has now started to soar.

The Instagram account now boasts over 32,000 followers with only 6 posts out so far.

Part of it may be the witty humor and the close comparisons to RuPaul’s Drag Race.

For instance, Kim Chi, one of Bob’s former fellow competitors, is in the comic as supervillian Slim Chi, who uses the power of shade to thwart Bob’s heroic plans.

Then, there’s RuPaul who cameo’s as Rude Paul and even says the line, "If you can't pull off a heist for yourself, how in the hell are you gonna pull off a heist for somebody else?" 

So far, there are only two episodes of the comic out, but with more fan support (and follows) there will surely be more to come.


Episode 1: Kickass Drag Queen, written by @bobthedragqueen and illustrated by @Matteolane #kickassdragqueen

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h/t: Vice

Watch: Dublin Drag Queen Knocks Out Guy Who Snatched Her Wig

Who knew a viral video of a drag queen could cause so much suspicion?

What happened was that a video of Dublin drag queen Heirless Blackstone surfaced. In it, Blackstone’s supposedly promoting some event when some random man comes up and snatches her wig away.

This then causes Blackstone to react by punching the man in the face before the video cuts out.



That’s when things get a little weird. Blackstone almost doesn’t address the video at all. In fact, only one tweet goes out about it. Other than that, nothing.




Then, apparently two news sites wrote about the issue before both articles were mysteriously taken down.

Some are calling the entire situation a hoax and an attempt to stir up some publicity for Heirless Blackstone. However, as Queerty pointed out, not addressing the video doesn’t exactly do a good job of publicizing it. (That said, we’re both posting about it so maybe it did).

If it was in fact all fake, does that take away the fact that this is a video that’s going viral? Does a calculated hit make it any less of a hit?

I ask because when we throw around the word “fake” we’re saying that the attempt at attention is cheap and not worth our time.

Yet, several celebrities do things in order to get our attention. They plan out ways to get the public’s focus and most of the time we throw our attention and money at it.

For instance, the video for Kanye’s “Famous” was purely for attention. He shot a bunch of naked wax statues and then tweeted out that he wanted someone to sue him. Suddenly, hundreds of sites are writing about it, and people are clicking to read.

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Also, Nicki Minaj had two engagements and later said both weren’t real.

Hell, even Beyoncé and Jay-Z both made songs and albums about their personal lives and made millions of dollars off of it. (But still no Grammy…)

Are these attempts only fake and not worth our time if we catch on to the fact that they’re just for our attention? (Though, no hate on Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Both are amazing artists and entertainers).

What do you all think? Do you think the video’s fake? And if it is, does it matter? Let us know down in the comments below.