Not everyone can pull off wearing a black monokini with leather booties. Then again, not everyone is Paula Patton.

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The 36-year-old actress shows off her sexy side in the January issue of GQ (on stands December 20). Wearing a variety of undergarments, Patton credits her role in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol for inspiring her to shape up.

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"I was doing physical stunts," Tom Cruise's costar tells the magazine. "Feet in the mud, fingernails full of dirt, shooting and fighting for my life."

Patton -- whose training included hours of karate and boxing -- recently told Us Weekly the Mission: Impossible workouts were more "intense" than her usual routine.

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"Jeanette Jenkins has been my trainer for years," the new mom explained. "We work out for an hour and we try to mix it up and keep it interesting."

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