A Filipino who formerly worked as a domestic helper in Hong Kong has exhibited her photographs in the US city of San Francisco.

Xyza Cruz Bacani, 31, who worked as a maid in Hong Kong for 10 years, is currently in the California city to promote her photo exhibit featuring foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

When Bacani was a domestic worker, she spent her rest days photographing the streets of Hong Kong and the daily lives of foreign maids.

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Photo: Instagram @xyzacruzbacani

In 2015, Bacani quit her job as a domestic worker after winning a scholarship to study photography in New York University. She was named a human-rights fellow by the Magnum Foundation, a non-profit photographic foundation in New York City.

She was one of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s “100 Women of the World” in 2015, ARTPIL’s “30 Under 30 Women Photographers” in 2016 and Forbes‘ “30 Under 30 Asia 2016,” and was a Fujifilm Ambassador.

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Photo: Instagram @xyzacruzbacani

She gives credit to her mother, who raised her while working as a maid in Hong Kong. She said that as a woman she had an advantage as she was able to gain access to stories that male photographers could not.

Bacani now lives in Hong Kong working as a freelance photographer. She plans to go to the US again in September to promote her new photo book.