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2016 was the year of Katya. The breakout star of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 2 happens to be a real woman, the sweatiest woman in show business and a Russian prostitute. In other words, she’s the perfect guide for the next 4 years.

We’ve been fans and followers of Katya since she entered the national consciousness in 2015 as a contestant in RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7. We’ve documented her appearances at Town in 2015 and 2016. We’ve watched every episode of UNHhhh and DRAG 101 in beautiful binges and suggest you do the same. In 2017, in a dark future with our new leader, we’re looking to Katya for guidance and support.

We spoke with Katya about our new leader and the importance of calisthenics. In both situations, it’s important to stretch.


Brightest Young Things: You may be the only queen to benefit from our new leader. You are the only one that embraced Russia long before anyone saw this coming.

Katya: I know! I know. I know… Just please don’t ask me if I peed on someone.


BYT: Is anything going to change for you after January 20?

Katya: I don’t know. I don’t know what to do. Nothing is going to change drastically.

It’s like a bad dream. I still don’t think he will be the president. I’m just worried about Pence. I think there’s a lot of stuff we don’t know about. I want to know what the deal is but I don’t know how to figure it out?

BYT: Are you worried about your site getting hacked?

Katya: I’m not worried about getting hacked. There’s nothing they can do to me. My life is an open book, I’ve never done anything wrong.

How are you feeling?

BYT: Fine. I keep reminding myself that the best way to deal with this is to remember the Bush administration existed. It’s not like things were great in 2003.

Katya: Yeah.

I want to know what repealing Obamacare will do.

I know that he’s a wacko narcissist. He’s kind of like if all the uneducated male egos were allowed to form an amoeba, a big marshmallow man, that’s him.

I’m more curious with all of the people actually making policy while he does his thing on Twitter.

All this stuff with Russia is so weird. What’s going on with Russia? It’s so strange.


BYT: If you don’t know that makes me more worried.

Katya: Why would you ever trust Russia? Why would you ever trust Russia?!? There’s no reason to ever trust Russia. They’re so duplicitous by nature? They closed their country off for years and killed 30 million of their own people so why would you ever trust them?

BYT: Why choose Russia? You got to pick your origin story and you chose Russia.

Katya: Because it’s my confident voice. I was trying to figure out the most confident you can sound and it’s always Russian.

BYT: Is there anything you’ve learned as a real Russian woman that could be helpful for the next 4, 8, 12 years?

Katya: 3 terms?

BYT: I’m going 3 terms.

Katya: I think it’ll be less than a month.

What was the question?

BYT: Any advice that help get us through the next 4 years?

Katya: Do your stretches. Do your stretches, Brenda. Mental and muscular flexibility are going to be a must for surviving. Rigidity will be punished.


BYT: Do you want to make your drag more political? Do you want to see more politics in drag or is that pointless because the act itself is already political?

Katya: No, I don’t.

My drag or my art won’t be political because it’s a refuge from politics. I would like it to a refuge where you can refine your point of view that might make you more available to know more about politics.

There are certain drag queens, like Lady Bunny, who do excellent political satire, she’s actually well informed, so as long as it makes sense it’s good.

I think people need to be encouraged in their real lives to figure out how to make a change and how to get involved in real time and not just on Twitter.