Doe Deere is a woman who has a vision. Her vision was catapulted in American. But her drive and her love of America started as a little girl and continued to grow even through many years of hardship.
Doe was born as Xenia Vorotova in Russia. The year she turned 17, her mother decided to move their family of three, which included a sister, to America. This began a very difficult journey for the three of them. They landed in New York City full of excitement. Unfortunately, her mother was unable to get a job that would support them and eventually they ended up homeless and in a shelter in New York City. This did not stop Xenia. If anything, it increased her drive. The kindness of strangers provided them with opportunities. They moved into an apartment in Harlem. Xenia’s mother finally got a job as an accountant and Xenia was able to go to the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her younger sister got into Columbia University on a full scholarship not long after that. It was what set them all up for the success that was coming.
A few years passed, and Xenia became Doe Deere. In 2008, Doe began her company, Lime Crime. From rags to riches almost overnight became reality for this self-made entrepreneur. She worked hard, very hard, but she also never stopped dreaming. Doe dreamed of what could be and what she wanted.
In her article in entrepreneur.com, For Immigrants, America Was, Is and Will Always Be Great, Doe talks about the American Dream. She even thanks America for giving her the opportunity to pursue this dream. This is so inspiring! Here is a woman who came to American, her family lost everything, became homeless, lived in run-down housing projects, yet continued to work hard and pursue and believe in a dream. As a result, she became a very successful entrepreneur. Thank you Doe, for believing in this country and continuing to dream. May all of us, immigrants AND Americans alike continue to believe in the American dream and make this country great again!