14 Photos Of War Vet Alex Minsky, The U.S. Marine Who Lost A Leg And Gained A Modeling Career

U.S. Marine Alex Minsky nearly died in 2009, when he lost his right leg to a roadside bomb just three weeks into his first tour in Afghanistan. Despite a remarkable recovery from a coma, the Purple Heart recipient soon fell into depression and started drinking. When his younger brother died unexpectedly, his depression got worse.

To keep himself occupied, Minsky hit the gym twice a day, six days a week, and was discovered by a photographer during one of his workouts. His modeling shots went viral on the internet, and the rest is history.

Just because I don’t have a leg doesn’t mean it’s going to slow me down. I want people to look at me and not give up. Not quit.

With his good looks and chiseled physique covered in badass tattoos, and a confidence developed over time, Minsky became a role model for those living with disabilities, redefining long-held standards of beauty and perfection.

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Minsky’s story can encourage and inspire those battling depression, alcoholism and low self-esteem. Share the inspiring story of this man who found a way to deal with his disability with others below.

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