By Candies Deezy Liu
America’s hottest new underwear model is a former Marine and an amputee. Just three weeks into active duty as a Marine, his truck triggered an IED while he and his crew were on patrol in the middle of the night in Afghanistan. The tragic yet fateful incident landed him in the hospital in a coma for 47 days, missing the bottom half of his right leg, a broken jaw in four places and brain injury. “When I woke up, the first thing on my mind was how I could get back on the field to help my fellow men,” Alex recalls. After being hospitalized for 18 months, Alex had to relearn everything, including speech.
Only two months after suffering such life-changing trauma and being honorably discharged, Alex’s younger brother, Daniel passed away. “There’s a period in my life I just don’t remember,” Alex admits. In an attempt to escape from reality, the veteran fell into a whirlwind of drinking and depression. His alcoholism was so severe that he knew he had to stop right then and there. He realized that if he didn’t, he was putting his own life on the line…again. “I was forced to change, to not drink alcohol. It wasn’t my idea,” Alex laughs but it turned out to be a blessing, his calling. “After a certain amount of time of being sober, it dawned on me that this was way better. I realized the potential to do something more with my life,” he continues.
As the former Marine started taking steps towards sobriety, he also focused on getting healthier. In addition to changing his eating and alcohol consumption habits, he began going to the gym on a regular basis. It was there that he caught the attention of a professional photographer. As photos surfaced of the ripped marine vet, Alex captured the hearts of thousands with not only his ravishing good looks and chiseled physique but also his inspirational story of never losing hope.
In addition to being a recipient of the Purple Heart, Alex has a heart of gold as he regularly donates much of the proceeds from his endorsements and his time to the Semper Fi Fund and The Wounded Warrior Project. For Alex, being a role model is just as important as modeling. He aims to inspire those who have experienced hardships to never give up. “I like being an example and an inspiration. I want people to look at me and not give up,” he says.
His tattoos adorn a seemingly perfect body, and a vibrant soul to match. They are all meaningful, with a large part of his chest piece dedicated to his fallen brother. When he puts his fists side by side, the word, “optimist” flows across his knuckles. It symbolizes the essence of his being well as a person who has triumphed over every tribulation that has been thrown into his life obstacle course.
Sophocles said, “there is no hardship without success”. For Alex Minsky, his hardships helped to carve the path to his success. To him, progress is more important than perfection. “If you’re getting better every day, that’s all that matters,” Alex declares.
This story was originally published in issue No. 13 of InkSpired Magazine.