The teenage years of any person are supposed to be difficult for many different reasons, including changes to the human body and the passage to adulthood. For the LimeCrime cosmetics founder, Doe Deere an immigration story from Russia to New York could have spelled disaster before she achieved her own version of the “American Dream.” The philanthropic nature of U.S. citizens can be seen as the inspiring starting point for a change in circumstances for Doe and her family as they overcame poverty and homelessness to achieve success.
Doe Deere arrived in New York City in 1998 as a 17-year-old believing the 24/7 nature of the city would allow herself and her family to achieve their version of the “American Dream.” Now the head of a successful Los Angeles-based cosmetics manufacturing and online retail group, the LimeCrime, and Poppy Angeloff founder found herself like a fish out of water when she first arrived in New York City. Before adopting the Americanized Doe Deere monicker, the cosmetics mogul was known as Xenia Vorotova who had arrived in New York with her accountant mother and younger sister.
A delay in the transfer of Doe’s mother’s educational records barred her from working as an accountant and seemed to have spelled disaster for their dream of making a new life in the U.S. Doe Deere is quick to praise the philanthropic spirit of many Americans, including attorney Dorchen Leidholdt who assisted in bringing the family out of a Lexington Avenue homeless shelter and back into the bosom of society. Deere admits it is the arrival of Leidholdt in her life which inspired her to apply for entry to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and start the career she now loves.
The ability to contribute to society in the way she does now as the CEO of her own company still amazes Doe Deere. She believes America is one of the only countries in the world where a family who was once homeless could find the assistance and support of qualified professionals to improve their lives and return to traditional society.