Born Brian McCook, he is famous for competing on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Although he was eliminated before the finale, he won the title of Miss Congeniality. He went on to compete on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars and appear on the World of Wonder web series.
He joined Twitter in 2010 and, by June 2015, had 55,000 followers, as well as 175,000 Instagram followers.
His stage name combines the names of three Russian gymnastics champions: Elena Zamolodchikova, Yekaterina (Katya) Lobaznyuk, and Yevgeniya Petrovna Kuznetsova.
He is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, though his alter-ego, Katya, hails from Russia. He has an older brother and a younger sister.
He and Pandora Boxx both rose to fame as contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race.