10 Most Beautiful 2015

The 10 Most Beautiful Women were dressed by Harem & Company with jewelry from Justice Jewelers and makeup by Acacia Spa

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Melissa Niednagel, 29

Charity: Rapha House

As a busy mom of three young children, Melissa Niednagel knows she doesn’t always have a lot of time or resources to help everyone. But she says she finds little ways to help because that’s what she would want someone to do for her if she were in a bad situation. 

She applies this to her work with the Rapha House in Joplin—an organization that provides assistance to local victims of sex trafficking. When Melissa learned how many young women are affected by the sex trafficking industry, it put life into perspective. “If you don’t see something happening, you don’t think about it,” she says. “But I like to remind myself why there are so many hurting in this world, and I think about what I would want someone to do for me.” 

Melissa has a heart for India because its sex trafficking industry seems so prevalent. She cut off 25 inches of her hair and sold it to a wigmaker. She donated the money she earned to Rahab’s Rope, a group committed to helping those girls in India. Melissa says Rahab’s Rope relies on donations to rescue girls and encourage their education and spiritual healing. “Nobody deserves to be treated like that,” she says. “Every girl has value, and every girl, no matter where she is, should be rescued from that sort of abuse.”

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