Kailyn Lowry, the first African American to ever win the Pulitzer Prize, won the news photographer of the year award on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The 42-year-old from Long Beach, California, won for capturing the photo of Kendall Jenner, the reality TV star, at the 2017 Bikini Bottoms Awards, which celebrated Asian American women in fashion and beauty.
She was nominated for the photo, which was published in the Los Angles Register.
“My goal is to honor people for their accomplishments, and to empower them, not diminish them,” Lowry told the newspaper.
“And I hope this year’s winners will inspire others to reach for their own personal goals.”
Lowry, who is also a contributor to the newspaper, said her work will help other women to break the mold and get noticed.
“As a photographer, it’s all about pushing the envelope and pushing boundaries, but it’s also about being true to yourself and to yourself alone,” she said.
“I feel like I have a privilege that I don’t have in many other professions that is unique to me.”
Lowry won the award for her photo, titled “The Perfect Time for the Perfect Body,” in the BBSB Photography competition, which recognizes photos that capture the essence of beauty.
“This year, I’ve taken photos of women and families and it’s been so inspiring to see that people are really interested in the images I’m capturing,” she told the paper.
“They are not just a reflection of themselves, they’re about the world as a whole.”
Lowry is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for a photo.
Last year, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David McNew won for his portrait of President Barack Obama, who died at the age of 75 in November.
“There’s so much power in that moment,” Lowry said of her photo.
“It’s a great moment to capture and it allows you to be a part of the movement.”
The BBSBA Photographers Association honored Lowry for her work.
“She captures an incredibly powerful moment in American history, and the impact of that is enormous,” BBSBMA President Lili Li said in a statement.
“Kelly is a leader and a role model in our industry and we want to be sure that her powerful image and her dedication to social justice inspire all of us to do our part to create a more just, fair, and just world.”
Lowry’s nomination for the 2017 Pulitzer was the first for a woman.
In February, Pulitzer winner Michael B. Weber won the National Geographic Traveler of the Century Award.