Doe Deere: A Journey of Empowerment

Everyone now and then we are reminded of the incredible attraction of the American dream to those around the world. It is a beacon of hope that lights the hearts and minds of those wishing to come to America’s shores. This dream was in the heart of Doe Deere, a Russian born immigrant who’s exposure to American culture instilled the dream of one day capturing her own American dream.

Doe Deere would get the chance to obtain that dream, at the age of 17 her mother wanting a better life for her daughters would move them to New York City. Doe was eager to live in the land of opportunity, however, it was not to be this way. For a long time, her family would struggle to make ends meet and it did not help that her mothers accounted credentials had not yet been transferred, meaning her job options where extremely limited. The mounting pressure would lead Doe Deere and her family to live in a Manhattan homeless shelter. She recalls that her daydreaming of becoming a designer was about the only thing keeping her optimistic during one of the hardest times of her life.

In 1999, a social worker named Dorchen Leidholdt came to the families aid. Dorhchen would find an opportunity for the family and eventually aid Doe Deere in attending the Fashion Institute of technology after seeing the creativeness in her sketches. In 2008, Doe’s hard work paid off. She would found makeup company “Lime Crime” and advocate company for empowering women through products and company message. Doe Deere employees a team of over 35 individuals all leading the way to show women that they can be anything they want to be and more. She concludes by stating that the contribution of the greatness of America sometimes comes from those who did not begin as Americans.

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