Melissa Riso, our new Babe of the Week, is an inspiration. After suffering a car accident during her freshmen year of high school, she was left with a glaring surgical scar around her naval as a constant reminder of how close she came to death. But instead of letting that mark rule her life, she turned it into a work of art and now that tattoo is her signature trademark in the modeling world.

It's what propelled her into gracing the covers of countless magazines, like Super StreetBike and Import Tuner, and becoming an extra for the TV shows 'Greek,' 'Las Vegas' and 'Terrier.' She's also done some commercial work for PlayStation and has appeared in the music video for Xzibit's "What It Is."

Considering all that she's overcome and accomplished, it's no wonder Riso was voted Babe of the Week. She scored more than 100 votes above her closest competitor Brittany Herrera, making her the clear standout. Check out our tribute to Riso below.

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Here’s the deal: At the end of the week, each Babe of the Day will compete for your votes and the winner will become Babe of the Week. Each week’s winner will then face off to become Babe of the Month, and those winners will then duke it out for – you guessed it – the Babe of the Year title. Only those lucky ladies will be inducted into GuySpeed’s Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for the hottest of babes.