Doe Deere is the founder and CEO of Lime Crime makeup, a brand that creates modern cosmetics with wild, crazy color palettes women around the world have fallen in love with.
Doe Deere, like the unusual name of her makeup brand, is not your average young woman. She was born in Russia, and her family moved here when she was young. Against the odds, Doe Deere began a small cosmetics company, because she had a difficult time finding vibrant, colorful makeup. Today, Lime Crime has arrived with a huge Instagram following at some 300,000.
Her fan base is loyal and social media-savvy, and Instagram has become a welcome place to submit photos wearing Lime Crime makeup. There, you will also find gorgeous photos of Doe Deere with her now blue, cotton candy-colored tresses and lovely bold lips and painted eyes.
Her personal photos are so striking and doll-like, that one famous artist Richard Prince decided he wanted to use her image and that of a 23-inch fashion doll for his next work of art.
Prince took a screen shot of Doe Deere posing with a masterpiece created by her close friend and talented doll maker Joshua David McKenney. The custom made doll from his Pidgin brand looked exactly like the Lime Crime founder with matching hair color, vivid makeup and attire. Below the photo were Doe Deere’s words about her artist friend McKenney and his gorgeous Doe Deere doll re-creation.
Prince took the screen shot and super-sized it to dimensions of a 48-by-65-inch print. Then, he removed her text and inserted his own, and the stolen screen shot was now his without the copyright rules one would figure might matter.
Doe Deere’s lovely face and that of Joshua David McKenney’s 23-inch beautiful doll were now part of some “lazy” art created by Richard Prince and hanging at the New York Frieze Art Fair. The striking print then sold quickly at $90,000.
Both Doe Deere and Joshua David McKenney were shocked, because Prince never approached them for permission to use the screen shot. The spotlight was now on the makeup maven and popular doll maker but not for the right reasons. McKenney, especially, was heartbroken that the other artist had deleted his name from the doll gifted to Doe Deere. In other words, McKenney’s doll had become a prop for the artist’s mission, and everything about the doll, such as being carefully and exquisitely made, was purposely deleted in the process.
Doe Deere and McKenney both feel that an artist should never profit off the back of another fellow artist. It’s a lousy thing to do and renders someone’s work voiceless.