Doe Deere, founder of Lime Crime cosmetic, is something of a success story, a perhaps unlikely success story. On any given day, Miss Deere might be sporting hair the color of cotton candy – pink or blue – take your pick.
This, of course, provides a lovely frame for a face done up to old-fashioned movie star perfection done one better. That is to say that if you could colorize old black and white photos using some of Doe Deere’s cosmetics, the results might be Technicolor to say the least. Her make-up style and fashion sense come circa Alice-in-Wonderland 2010, but Doe Deere is in no way a knock off.
She’s something of a memorable sight – a living doll really. So much so that her good friend, doll maker Joshua David McKenney, made her into a doll. Or at least a doll that’s a replica of her.
Doe Deere posted a photo of her and the doll on her Instagram account, which has 300,000-plus followers. This was done as a favor to Mr. McKenney to help promote excitement and buzz for his work.
It seems that Richard Prince, a 66-year-old artist with Gagosian Gallery, became enamored with the photo. So he made his own – a 48 x 65-inch print – by taking a screen shot. The photo then went on to sell for 90 grand at the Frieze Art Fair. The problem? Somewhere between the screen shot and the making of the portrait, the doll’s artist’s name got left off. Many bloggers have gone as far as calling the move theft.
However, all wasn’t completely lost. Eventually, Doe Deere reposted the image of herself and her mini-me doll on Instagram, giving proper credit to her artist friend.
And even McKenney managed to see the good in the situation. Because of this incident, his dolls are now perceived as fine art instead of just playthings for children.
Self-Made magazine named the Lime Crime cosmetics maven one of their Top Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs. Her story is a small-time businessperson’s success story. She started on eBay the way many online entrepreneur’s got their start. It was the launching place for a DIY fashion line, and in fact, the name of her company came from that venture.
Her first make-up product/s to come from that start were her Unicorn Lipsticks.