When immigrants come to America, they come with the desire to live a better life. They come to work hard and realize the American dream that they have learned and read so much about. Doe Deere is no exception. When she and her family set foot on American soil in 1998, they were ready to work hard and make their dreams a reality.
Doe Deere, born Xenia Vorotova, is a Russian immigrant who came to the United States at the age of 17 with her mother and her younger sister. It was a frightening time in her life, and while scared, she also felt an overwhelming sense of excitement. She knew that her life in America would be different — she knew that if she wanted her dream to become a reality, this was where it would happen.
Within the first few years of living in the Big Apple, Doe Deere and her family lived in a homeless shelter. The homeless shelter had some very poor living conditions. There was only one bed for the three of them and no kitchen. Meals came from local pantries or churches. Deere and her family were incredibly grateful for the help that surrounded them, even though their situation was less than ideal. This was their reality for quite some time — their first taste of life in America.
Shortly after, a social worker introduced Doe Deere and her family to a woman who ran a non-profit called Sanctuary for Families. The leader of the non-profit helped Deere and her family get on their feet by providing them with helpful resources. They were even able to help Deere get into the Fashion Institute of Technology, based on fashion sketches she had drawn while in the homeless shelter. With the help of this organization, Deere and her family eventually secured an apartment in East Harlem. The area was rough and riddled with gang violence, but they didn’t complain — they finally had a place with a kitchen to call home.
Doe Deere and her family’s life continued to improve as they worked hard and realized their dreams. By 2008, ten years after stepping foot in America, Deere launched her cosmetics line, Lime Crime. Lime Crime has gone on to become a well known cosmetics brand among makeup artists, beauty gurus, and makeup enthusiasts.
Doe Deere’s dream became a reality, not with just a vision, but with effort and determination.