Doe Deere was born in Russia but had the American dream within her from a young age. When she was 17 her family moved to the US with hopes of a better life than what they could find in Russia. Doe moved to New York with her mother and sister. None of them knew what was in store for them but they knew that most anything was possible if they worked for it. The famous quote “if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere” offered encouragement for Doe. Without ever being in New York before, they knew that they would either thrive or fail and were all prepared to work hard to make it.
Despite a good work ethic and her mother’s life savings, they found that wasn’t enough to keep them afloat. The found themselves homeless. They worked hard and saved money while wondering if they would ever get back to being self sufficient. Doe dreamed about being a fashion designer and began creating her ideas on paper. A social worker put them in touch with a non-profit organization that helped female immigrants who found themselves in bad situations. Doe said that Dorchen Leidholdt saw their potential and knew that with a bit of help they would be independent quickly.
Leidholdt helped her mom get her first job as an accountant here in the US and helped Doe get into the Fashion Institute of Technology. Leidholdt also helped Doe’s little sister get into Columbia University where she graduated with honors. Over the coming years Doe working on creating her own makeup company named Lime Crime which employs several dozen people. After it’s success she created Poppyangeloff, a popular jewelry line. Despite the challenges America offered, Doe is very is grateful for the opportunities in America and understands why immigrants are willing to risk everything to come here. She reminds people that not all Americans start out as Americans but could very well help make America great.