A former Marine, Minsky lost part of his right leg to a roadside bomb while fighting in Afghanistan in 2009. The explosion left the now 24-year-old decorated veteran in a coma for 47 days as he recovered from traumatic brain injuries and severe burns sustained in the bombing.
But this Purple Heart recipient would quickly prove that his amputation didn't have to be a handicap. He started pumping iron again as a healthy outlet for his frustration. A photographer, Tom Cullis, happened across Minsky mid-workout one day and asked if he ever considered a modeling career. Alex is now a top underwear model.