Tatjana Bastet

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Just finished clearing up the studio following my first shoot with the lovely Tatjana Bastet. Originally from Latvia, Tatjana is one of the most interesting and energetic models I have worked with for a long time. In addition to her radiant smile and her fabulous figure, she seems to understand the vintage/pin-up genre perfectly, producing perfect pinup poses.

Tatjana came all the way down from London with bags backed full of useful costumery. Despite English not being her first language, her pre-shoot communications were excellent. She has a very classy look and her classic hourglass figure is perfect for vintage corsetry and foundationwear. She looks great in vintage swimwear too.Tatjana is also a very considerate girl as well as being very charming company. And she really enjoys trying ideas she has never done before.

Turns-out that like ourselves, Tatjana Bastet is a big Bettie Page fan. Seems she greatly admires the sense of fun and laughter that she brought to her imagery. As regular readers of waist.it will know, we use many old-fashioned (and mostly forgotten) techniques to squeeze and sculpt  our model’s bodies into that classic vintage shape – lifting chests, cinching waists and flattening tummies. You’ll also know that we try to do all this with a sense of fun and irony.

But not even our most complex routines, our firmest girdles or our most tightly-laced corsets seemed to faze Tatjana at all. And she did it all with a wonderful sense of fun and excitement, worthy of the late, great Miss Page herself.

In fact, the only problem working with Tatjana is that our almost seven-hour shoot whizzed past in what seemed like twenty minutes! Fortunately however, she has agreed to return to the studio for a second shoot. I am very much looking forward to it.

All-in-all, Tatjana is a lovely model, a lovely person and we recommend her very highly indeed.

Tatjana Bastet pictures


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Why did Tatjana choose the stage name “Bastet”?

Bastet or Bast (Ancient Egyptian: bꜣstjt “She of the Ointment Jar”, Coptic: Ⲟⲩⲃⲁⲥⲧⲉ /ubastə/) was a goddess of ancient Egyptian religion, worshiped as early as the Second Dynasty (2890 BCE). As Bast, she was the goddess of warfare in Lower Egypt, the Nile Delta, before the unification of the cultures of ancient Egypt.

The uniting Egyptian cultures had deities that shared similar roles and usually shared the same imagery. In Upper Egypt, Sekhmet was the parallel warrior lioness deity. Often similar deities merged into one with the unification, but that did not occur with these deities having such strong cultural roots. Instead, these goddesses began to diverge.

During the Twenty-second Dynasty (c. 945–715 BCE), Bast had transformed from a lioness warrior deity into a major protector deity represented as a cat. Bastet, the name associated with this later identity, is the name commonly used by scholars today to refer to this deity.


Bastet is also the protector of cats – and Tatjana rather likes cats! 🙂

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