The American dream has resonated all over the world, placing hope into the hearts of those wanting to be part of the American journey. It was no different for a young Russian name Doe Deere. Doe recalls admiring America through her experience watching American movies, listening to music and the English language. America was the land of opportunity and her sights were set on living that dream. Doe Deere would get that chance at the age of 17 when her mother decided to move her and her sister to New York City. She states that her immediate thought went to a quote she had seen somewhere, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”, and Doe was set to accomplish her American dream.
It did not, however, go as planned. Her first years in America where a struggle to say the least, not only where her mother’s accounting credentials from Russia not applicable here due to an issue with processing, but they were running out of money fast. It wasn’t long till Doe Deere and her family under pressures of money resort to living out of a homeless shelter. It was, for a time, a great moment of hopelessness, and it seemed that her American dream would not come true.
Fast forward to 1999, a social worker seeking to help immigrant families who’ve fallen on hard times entered her life. Dorchen Leidholdt would aid her mother in finding a stable accounting job, her sister a scholarship to Columbia University and for Doe, her dream of pursuing her career in fashion. In 2008, all her hard work had paid off, Doe Deere would open her company, “Grime Crime” and employing over 35 people to spread the message to women that they can be whoever they want. Doe attributes her success to America, she comments that some of the people who will make America great may not start off as Americans.