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Doe Deere Worked Hard To Make Her Dreams Come True Despite The Hardships She Endured

Doe Deere was born in Izhevsk, Russia as Xenia Vorotova. She was obsessed over the English language and American culture due to movies, magazines and music. When she was seventeen, her family moved to the United States to find a better life. They came to New York City in 1998 when the population exceeded 7.4 million. The family quickly leaned they could not survive with their life savings and work ethics. Her mother worked as an accountant in Russia, but she needed her education records. The transfer was taking a long time. Doe Deere watched her neighbors cats and walked dogs while her mother cleaned apartments.

The family of three moved into a homeless shelter when they were down to their last $7.56. They spent six months in a tiny room with no kitchen and a single bed. They went to the church every week for pantry foods and free meals. This was when Doe Deer started dreaming of becoming a fashion designer. In 1999, they were introduced to a non-profit organization called Sanctuary for Families by a social worker. The organization assisted female immigrants who had fallen on hard times. Dorchen Leidholdt was the attorney who helped her mother get a job as an accountant and got Doe Deere into the Fashion Institute of Technology.

In 2000, they moved to the Lehman Projects in East Harlem. This was a dangerous area but they had their own kitchen and separate rooms. Doe Deere believes the hardships taught them to stick together and made them more resilient. Xenia Vorotova became Doe Deere towards the end of the 2000’s. She founded a cosmetic company called Lime Crime in 2008. The company was successful and inspired women to express themselves. Doe Deere still works hard to pursue the American Dream. She knows her life would not have been possible without the help her family received when they were vulnerable. She worked for a beautiful home, a successful business and her family.

Doe Deere understands many Americans began as immigrants. They left their home countries to pursue a better life. She believes these are some of the people who contribute to the greatness of America.