Doe Deere was born in Russia but came to the United States when she was 17 years old. It was her hope that her family and herself would be able to build a brighter future in the country, and they originally moved to New York City. It didn’t take long for her mother, sister, and herself to run into trouble because of a lack of work. All of them were willing to do whatever it took and began to take odd jobs to survive.
Doe Deere eventually landed in a homeless shelter with her family and had to rough it out in a very small room with no kitchen and just one bed. She began to think about becoming a fashion designer because she wanted to put her creativity to good use. This was placed on the backburner as her family and herself were working to just get by. They eventually got help from Sanctuary for Families, which is a non-profit that works to make life better for women immigrants. Doe Deere’s mother finally found a job and She ended up attending the Fashion Institute of Technology.
After living in the small room for some time, Doe Deere and her family were transferred to the Lehman Projects. These were located in a rough part of Harlem where gangs existed, too. She was just happy to finally have a kitchen where they could cook and eat. Eventually, her family and herself found their way out of the projects and were able to move forward with their life.
Doe Deere started up her own makeup brand, which is called Lime Crime, and it became very successful. Her story has inspired many aspiring women entrepreneurs, and her company had 35 people on its payroll. She has acknowledged that it has been her hard work that paid off, but she has also been eternally grateful for the opportunities she has had in the United States. She hopes to be a reminder to people that not all Americans were born here, but that, together, all of the individual people in the nation are what makes it great.