As a Jewish girl born and raised in Russia, Doe Deere idealized the USA as the land where all dreams come true. Her perception was influenced by music, movies and even magazines that contained stories about America. Doe Deere developed an obsession on the culture of Americans and their English language and kept wondering how it felt living there. In 1998 when she was 17 years, Doe Deere moved to the US with her mother and sister in search of a better life.
When they arrived in New York City, life was not as on movies and the TV. The city was highly populated and the city was noisy 24/7. Doe Deere mother who has been an accountant in Russia could not get a similar job in the city. They resulted in manual jobs like cleaning services and walking dogs to make ends meet. This was a new reality that neither of three was prepared for, and sometimes they would contemplate going back to Russia.
When all their savings dwindled, Doe Deere and her family lived in a homeless shelter. They endured hardships until in 1999 when they got assistance from Sanctuary for Families, that assisted in enrolling Doe Deere into Fashion Institute of Technology after seeing the sketches she had been drawing in the homeless shelter. Her mother also got a job and her sister joined the university.
Doe Deere started developing a passion for entrepreneurship in 2000 and by 2008 she has already established a makeup company by the name Lime Crime. The business became a big success hiring 35 employees and it also served as an inspiration for women not to be afraid of expressing themselves. Doe Deere is grateful to America for the opportunity it gave her to become successful in business and to the NGO that gave her and her family a chance when they were at their lowest point in life
Doe Deere expresses that her journey to success is relevant in explaining why immigrants are risking everything to go to America. Her story should also teach that not everyone in America started out as an America. Therefore, even those that are in the turbulent journey to acquire citizenship might one day contribute to making America great