The going was not always easy for Doe Deere. The Russian born entrepreneur was one young girl that was truly obsessed with achieving fame in her own way. Her obsession with all things American was clearly apparent during a young age. Deere relates that she devoured any type of media concerning the United States. At age 17, Deere and her family decided to move to New York City. This delighted Deere because she realized that anything was possible to achieve in America. Even fame and fortune. However, things took a bad turn in America because her mother’s savings hit rock bottom.
The Lean Years
Xenia Vorotova or Doe Deere never lost faith in her dream of fame and fortune even when her family had to move to a shelter in New York City. Her mother took menial jobs cleaning apartments, while Deere and her sister took other menial jobs to make ends meet. Things started looking up, when Deere’s family met Dorchen Leidholdt, who was a lawyer and a feminist that helped female immigrants in America. This feminist lawyer was instrumental in turning her family’s life around. She helped Deere’s mother find a job as an accountant. She helped Deere enroll in the Fashion Institute of Technology while her sister enrolled at Columbia University.
Deere relates further that the family left the homeless shelter and moved into the projects in East Harlem. It was a dangerous situation for her family, but they did not care because they at least had a home with a kitchen and their own bedrooms. Deere states that those bad times and harsh realities made her the person that she is today and she would not change a thing. By the latter part of the 2000s, Deere discovered her true passion designing clothing. However, this eventually led to her creating her own makeup line, Lime Crime Cosmetics.
Doe Deere’s story is a true immigration success story. Today, Doe Deere is living the American Dream. She has a successful business, a great marriage, a beautiful family and a beautiful home. All this was truly possible because she held on to her dreams.