For many in the world, the United States is a land where anything is possible, where if you work hard enough anything you want is yours. This image of America was no different for Doe Deere, at the time a teenager in Russia. Her daydreams of living in America would finally be realized at the age of 17 when she and her family moved to New York City. The land of opportunity was waiting for her and she was ready for it, unfortunately, that was not to be her experience in the first few years of her life across the Atlantic. Immediately her family began struggling when her mother’s educational credentials were non-existent in the U.S and had to resort to low paying jobs. Eventually, the family hit rock bottom and lived out of a homeless shelter on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. All Doe had was her family and her dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

It was not until the spring of 1999 when she and her family caught a break in the form of a woman name Dorchen Leidholdt, a social worker bent on aiding struggling immigrant families. Leidholdt would find Doe’s mother an accounting job, her sister a college education and Doe herself would be guided by Ledihoidt to the Fashion Institute of Technology after seeing her sketches. Her family was once again back on their feet, and even though she states that she never wishes that type of struggle on anyone, she would not exchange it for anything as it taught her so many valuable lessons.

In 2008, Doe Deere would finally realize her dream and founded “Lime Crime”. The company became a huge success with high sales and a team of 35 employees ready to inspire women from all over the world to be themselves. Doe Deere thanks America for everything she has, only in America can someone start off as homeless and become a CEO. She urges people to think that maybe, those immigrants who have not taken the pledge yet will be one of the ones to make America great.

https://www.limecrime.com/pages/our-founder-doe-deere