Inspiring Story: Marine Who Lost Leg Turns To Modeling (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM EDT

UNITED STATES (www.incnow.tv) -- A Marine hero who lost a leg in Afghanistan didn't let that stop him from starting a new career in an unlikely place, the world of fashion.

Alex Minska is a Marine and now underwear model, whose right leg was amputated after a roadside bomb nearly killed him Afghanistan.

Four years ago the 24-year-old spent 47 days in a coma. He suffered traumatic brain injuries and severe burns to most of his body.

"I was down. I was numb and I was running away from everything-- running away from everything. You know? Especially myself. My own head.” Minsky said.

Depression and alcoholism followed but Minsky battled back. He stopped drinking and started working out.

That's when a photographer spotted him at the gym and convinced him to give modeling a shot.

"He approached me and he said, "Wha-- have you ever modeled? Like what are you-- what are you doin'? And he was like, "Hey, wait a second. I'm serious. Have you ever modeled?" Minsky said.

“He had a movie star face with wild ink and sweat. And it was-- it was-- it was too hard to pass up.” Photographer Tom Cullis commented. “Alex wants to be an inspiration to people. To move past their disabilities. Don't give up. “

Alex took reporters through part of his 4-hour daily work-out and there's one other secret he swears by....avocados.

“I mean I eat 'em all the time. I, like, wolf it down really quick with, like, usually egg,” Minsky said.

And now he's hoping to be more than a model, but a role model to others.

“Inspire people. Inspire people and just-- you know, get happy,” Minsky notes.

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