Alex Minsky was in Afghanistan for just a few weeks when his vehicle ran over a roadside bomb that tore off his right leg below the knee and put him into a coma for 47 days with a traumatic brain injury. He miraculously recovered but tumbled into a deep depression that included a dangerous relationship with alcohol. Minsky gave up drinking and found solace in the gym, where a photographer asked if he’d consider being a model. Today, the 25-year-old star is also pursuing acting and competitive fitness.

Training for Life

Going to the gym was a lifesaver. It was a place where I could set goals and have something to work toward every day. I recently took part in my first physique competition, and that really tested my conditioning. I know now what I need to do to get a better standing next time around!

Comfortable in His Skin

Modeling keeps me productive. I like to have something to work for. I know if I have a shoot in a couple of weeks I need to be on my diet, hit the gym, and really make sure I’m in good shape. If people are going to pay me to stand in front of a camera, the least I can do is show up ready to work. 

I don’t get camera shy—I’m naked all the time, it doesn’t bother me! In fact, sometimes I think I’m a little too comfortable. I was recently at a fashion week event, and I had a pair of underwear on from one of the lines I model. Someone asked me about it, and I just took my pants off right on the red carpet!

The Tatted Truth

I love all of my tattoos. They all signify something special from the time I got them. But probably the most significant ones are those I got when my brother passed away. 

Perfect Match

When it comes to dating, the most important thing for me is to find someone who has the same mindset and wants the same things. Life is a roller coaster. It’s how a woman handles that daily grind of ups and downs that matters most.