Successful entrepreneur Doe Deere did not have a picture perfect childhood. Xenia Vorotova was born in Izhevsk, Russia. She dreamed of coming to America as a child, because it represented a place where anything was possible. She was simply obsessed with American culture and wanted to finally experience the amazing country she fantasized about. Her dream was about to come to at the tender age of 17.
Upon moving to the United States with her mother and sister, it would not be the ideal situation that Doe saw in magazine and on TV. The trio landed in New York City where opportunity awaited them. They quickly found out that it would be quite difficult to make it in the city. Deere’s mother worked as an accountant back in their home country. Unfortunately, her education did not translate over America in the way she wanted. She was forced to clean apartments instead. Doe even picked up some dog walking gigs to help pay the bills. It was very hard and they all felt defeated. The family could not pay the bills and were forced to live in a homeless shelter. For months, their situation was dire. They lived in one room together, did not have a kitchen, and would go to the local church for food on Thursdays.
Six months later, their social worker introduced them to Sanctuary for Families. This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping immigrant women who are struggling. The family would get a second chance to start again. It would not be easy though. They were transferred into an apartment in the projects, which is gang territory. Although it was not perfect, it gave Doe’s family a chance to get their life together. With the help of Sanctuary for Families, Doe was able to get into the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her mother would get work as an accountant, and her sister would get into Columbia University. Many years later, Doe Deere founded Lime Crime in 2008. It would become a huge company that celebrated people’s individuality with vibrant colors and unique makeup.