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

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.

"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.

"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."