The American dream is not just for Americans — it is a dream that can be realized by people worlds over. Doe Deere, founder of Lime Crime, is a prime example. She came to America at the age of 17, and by the time she was 27, she launched her own business. This young entrepreneur is a testament to how hard work and determination pays off. She is an inspiration not only to her followers, but to the world.
Born in Russia, Xenia Vorotova was a young girl with a dream. She had always admired American culture and dreamed of one day travelling across the ocean to see it first hand. She knew, without a doubt, that becoming a fashion designer was her calling, and that America was where her dreams would begin.
Imagine Vorotova’s surprise when her mother announced that America was going to become their new home! Vorotova packed up and came to America with her mother and her sister and they started their new lives. It was a frightening yet incredible experience, and one that Vorotova will never forget and will always be grateful for.
Their time in America didn’t start off as they had hoped. Due to paperwork mishaps, Vorotova’s mother was unable to start working the positions she’d hoped to work. She ended up having to work odd jobs to make ends meet. It wasn’t long after that Vorotova and her family ended up checking into a homeless shelter.
While living in a homeless shelter doesn’t seem positive, for Vorotova and her family, it was. For it was at this homeless shelter that they met a social worker who introduced them to a local nonprofit. The nonprofit, Sanctuary for Families, helped immigrant women in tough situations. The leader of this organization helped Vorotova get into the Fashion Institute of Technology where she began her career.
This was the beginning of a new life. By 2008, Vorotova adopted the name “Doe Deere” and launched Lime Crime, a cosmetics brand. She is also the founder of Poppyangeloff, a fashion brand. Doe Deere’s dreams were realized when she came to the United States. She put in the hard work and her efforts paid off.