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River City Retro is bringing back pinup girls

WICHITA — An anniversary present is part of the inspiration behind River City Retro, a new business Cindi Gentry is opening with photographer Don Birmingham.

When Gentry celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary she wanted to give a picture of herself to her husband as a gift.

"I wanted a photo, but not the boudoir or glamour photo," Gentry says.

Instead, she chose a pinup shot.

"It sounds funny for a woman to say, but I've always loved pinup girls," Gentry says. "I have books and books of them. I just think they're beautiful."

Now, Gentry and Birmingham are opening River City Retro to do pinup shots for other women.

Gentry has collected vintage clothing since she was a teen.

"I just can go to that closet and choose whatever look that I want," she says.

Gentry says customers can choose every era from the 1920s to the mid-1960s.

"The sky's the limit."

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