This talented young lady is more than just a pretty face.

If there’s one thing that has the power to stop the Internet, it’s good-looking women doing things. In the past we’ve seen volleyball players, saxophonists and nurses attract attention from admirers around the world, and now there’s a young woman being deemed so attractive by people in Japan that they’ve elevated her to the ranks of a “once-in-a-thousand-year beauty”.

最新一期VOCE❤️

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Joanne Missingham’s good looks come from her mixed heritage. Born in Brisbane, Australia to an Australian father and Taiwanese mother, Missingham was raised in Taiwan.

▼ Here she is pictured with her father.

祝親愛的老爸生日快樂~ Happy Birthday daddy🎂 Love you 4ever😘😘

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▼ In May, the beauty turned 23.

又長大一歲囉~謝謝大家的祝福😘

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Missingham is making news not only for her good looks, but also for her impressive talent. Since the age of seven, she aspired to be a professional Go chess player, and at the age of 12, she won first place in the All Taiwan Go League. Now, she is Taiwan’s first professional chess player to be ranked in China.

忘掉過去知道的理論,重新跟AlphaGo大師學圍棋

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海峰盃晉級16強~ 圖片 #海峰棋院

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Missingham, who plays Go professionally under her Chinese name, Hei Jiajia, is in her element when she’s sitting at a Go board.

沉浸在一個難以理解的世界裡

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She’s also won numerous awards, including second prize at the Pair Go World Cup in Tokyo in 2016.

世界混雙大賽亞軍~

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Her Instagram account is filled with photos of her playing Go, showing her deep in concentration…

期待已久的人機大戰柯潔九段 vs AlphaGo終於開始囉~ 大家覺得誰會贏呢? 棋譜直播👉http://www.goer.live

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女子圍甲第九輪~

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▼ And also having a bit of fun with it as well.

She enjoys playing around with the Go pieces, creating gorgeous scenes for her followers to enjoy.

帶著氣球去流浪~

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⚫️ #棋幻嘉 ⚪️ 好想要養一隻狗狗哦~ #圍棋 #thegameofgo

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⚫️ #棋幻嘉 ⚪️ I have an apple~ #圍棋 #thegameofgo

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我姐說我很適合去演女鬼😂 她真的是我親姐姐嗎🤔

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The young Go player can also play a number of musical instruments, including the pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument.

最近開始學用琵琶彈流行音樂~大家想聽什麼歌呢

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While she is currently enjoying a successful career as a Go player, Missingham has also been commended for her work towards fighting for gender equality within the world of Go.

海峰盃晉級32強~ 圖片 #海峰棋院

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Several years ago, when it was revealed that a huge pay gap existed between male and female professional Go players at a tournament, Missingham carried a fan at her games, with the message “protest gender discrimination” written on one side of it.

錄制廈門衛視玲聽兩岸~和大家分享我們的圍棋之路~

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According to reports, the Taiwanese Go Association paid male players 2,000 Yuan (US$300) per game, while female players were not paid at all. Furthermore, female players were excluded from winning prize money, which was only awarded to male players.

奮鬥到最后一刻還是輸了半目😂 圖片 #海峰棋院 #記譜的小弟弟辛苦了

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Missingham’s desire to help change the world and strive for excellence stems from her childhood experiences, and the support she received from her parents, which helped mould her into the person she is today.

▼ She gave a TED talk in Taipei in 2012, where she shared her experiences with a large audience.

Some of her advice to others is to “withstand loneliness, overcome temptation, learn to choose, and know how to let go“. While we’re not sure if Missingham’s fans will ever be able to let go of obsessing over her good looks, the young Go player continues to prove that she’s an inspiring individual who is certainly much more than just a pretty face.

Source: Hamusoku
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