With the repeated posters, memes, and chants of building a wall to keep immigrants out of America, the discussion about previous immigrants’ contribution to the country is becoming more and more relevant.
Starting through an op-ed on popular business publication Enterprenuer.com in September 2017, Deere shared her account of moving from Russia when she was only 17 years old.
The Story Shared by Doe Deere
Born to Jewish parents with the birth name Xenia Vorotova, Deere moved to the United States with her family of three. Together with her mother and younger sister, the Vorotova women aimed to chase the American dream and achieve a life of freedom and free speech that would allow them to be themselves in a safe environment.
Keeping in mind that the U.S. promised shelter to those who were finding a home to be themselves and prove their worth to the world, Deere and her family started to work tirelessly in order to achieve the life they deserved.
Odd jobs were a part of the lifestyle at first and so were the struggles that came with them. Being hand to mouth in a completely new country wasn’t ideal, but Deere, her mother and her sister resolved to change their life for the better and continued working with their head on one goal: to prove that immigrants could have a better life when given the opportunity.
From a homeless shelter in Manhattan to her own home in Los Angeles, Deere had to work for all of what she has earned so far (including the moniker Doe Deere, which she coined by herself). With a cosmetic brand by the name of Lime Crime, a clothing line dubbed as Poppyangeloff, and multiple other ventures to her credit, the 37 year old Deere has a very interesting and inspiring story to tell in this summary of her biography.
Her account tells us that behind every immigrant success story like Doe Deere, there is a lot of struggle and hardship. Not every immigrant who is successful in the future flies across the border with a silver spoon in their mouth. Thus, giving those a chance who have been brought down by life is not only humane, but also contributes to the potential of a successful American-in-the-making.