Ali Stroker has made history as the first wheelchair user to win a Tony at the 73rd annual Tony Awards.
She won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her performance as Ado Annie in the Oklahoma revival.
The performer is paralysed from the chest down due to a car crash when she was two.
The 31-year-old was ecstatic at the win, and so are people online.
People with disabilities are particularly proud at the representation
Others pointed out the irony of there being no wheelchair ramps to the Tony stage
People are also remembering the first time they saw Ali perform
“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation, who has a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena. You are,” the actress said on stage.
The performer booked her first musical theatre gig at the age of seven when she was cast as Annie in the title role in a friend’s backyard production in a New Jersey beach town.
When she sang, she says she “felt so free."