Alex Minsky’s New Gig
While perusing the headlines this morning, I came across an article on a Marine named Alex Minsky and it really made me think. Minsky is a 24-year old Marine who lost his leg to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2009. His injury is pretty traumatic and his story is incredible. Lost leg, brain injury, 45-day coma- its pretty touching.
The stigma that used to be attached to being an amputee has changed. In light of recent events, like the war in the Middle East and the Boston Marathon Bombing, this is a great development. I think some of it may have to do with the fact that the advancements of prosthetics makes it pretty hard to tell if a person suffers from such an affliction. Add that to the famed success of athletes like surfer Bethany Hamilton and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, and it looks like being an amputee is a handicap of the past.
Alex Minsky takes it a step further, and well, why not? Minsky was at his gym, working out, when he was approached by a photographer and asked if he had ever modeled. His answer was no, which changed quickly. Minsky is now working as an, wait for it, underwear model!
His pictures are incredible. They are of a man who clearly cares about his body. He is fit, and tattooed and honestly, it takes you a minute to even see the prosthetics. Not only is he "movie-star" handsome, but his body tells a story. The pictures are well done and the story is inspiring.
The ONLY distasteful thing about the whole story is that he credits a lot of his fitness to eating avocados regularly... I hate avocados.