Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer - Updated Jun 2024

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Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer is a Jewish-American artist and painter, famous as the mother of Doja Cat. Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer rose to prominence for dropping her music video named Moo! which went viral in 2018.

Early Life and Education

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer was born into the family of Sawyer with the middle name Elizabeth.  She was born on January 1, 1963. Likewise, her birthplace is Los Angeles, California, USA. Her current age is 61 years old.

Moreover, she holds an American nationality and belongs to a mixed ethnicity. Her birth sign is Leo and follows Christianity. Her father’s and mother’s names are unknown.

Talking about her academic background, she is a graduate student. The College of New Jersey awarded her a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio.

Moreover, she also holds a master’s degree in fine arts from the Pratt Institute in New York.

Relationship Status

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer was married to her 57-year-old South African ex-husband, Dumisani Dlamini.

Her husband is popular for working as a film producer, actor as well as a composer. The two met when Dumasini went to the States for the ‘Sarafina!’ tour.

He decided to stay around after the tour. It was during this time they met, fell in love, and decided to start a family. The couple was blessed with two beautiful daughters named Doja Cat and a younger daughter.

She and Dumisani had plans to move to South Africa and grow as a family over there. Sadly, this did not go as planned since the two divorced shortly after.

Amala Zandile Dlamini aka Doja Cat is a feted American singer and songwriter who happens to be her first daughter and child. Doja Cat was born in Tarzana, California on October 21, 1995.

However, Doja was single-handedly raised by her mom since her dad was an absentee.

He always comments on Doja Cat’s Instagram account yet she claims that she has never met him. She has three children: two daughters and a son.

That is Doja Cat and the siblings whose details are currently missing.


As of now, she has not been through any sort of controversy or scandal that created headlines in the media. Besides, that, she has managed to maintain distance from any type of rumors.

However, those statements are not true for her daughter, Doja Cat who recently got criticism from other celebrities like Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton, and Travis Scott for getting involved in Kylie Jenner’s Halloween and birthday party during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

In 2018, Doja Cat sparked controversy on social media when her Twitter account history revealed the usage of homophobic slurs.

In a tweet dating back to 2015, Doja Cat used the word “faggot” to describe hip-hop artists Tyler, the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt. Doja Cat initially defended her past remarks.

 She stated, “I’ve said faggot roughly like 15 thousand times in my life. Does saying faggot mean you hate gay people? I don’t think I hate gay people. Gay is okay.”

Doja Cat has since issued a series of apologies for her derogatory words and deleted her tweets. The controversy generated much discourse regarding the limits of “cancel culture”.


In May 2020, a 2015 song by Doja Cat titled “Dindu Nuffin” resurfaced. “Dindu Nuffin” is a term often used to ridicule African-American victims of police brutality who claim that they are innocent.

Doja Cat apologized by claiming that, though the song was meant to flip the meaning of the term, it was a “bad decision”.

She denied that the song was a response to police brutality or the death of Sandra Bland, calling the allegation “one of the most awful rumors that I’ve ever encountered”.

Doja Cat denied rumors of raceplay and engaging in racist conversations which originated from a viral video of her saying “nigger” in a chat room.

Following the accusations, other users of the chat room came forth and revealed that Doja Cat never engaged in racist behavior. They also denied that the chatroom was racist in any form.

Career and Professional Life

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer is a Jewish-American talented woman, who happens to be the celebrated American musician Doja Cat’s mother.

Her career started when she was cast in the ‘Friends Don’t Let Friends Date show and ‘Martyrs-The Chronicles of Blood’.

Similarly, she has always been famous as an artist. She is very crafty and loves to draw and paint during her free time.

The actress is a professional painter, thanks to Doja Cat’s grandmother who also had the same passion as she does. She has been able to paint lots of environment-related paintings.

Moreover, she paints mostly using wax, oil, and gouache. She also loves to experiment using color. Yellow is one of her favorite colors. Doja Cat began making and releasing music on SoundCloud as a teenager.

Her song “So High” caught the attention of Kemosabe Records and RCA Records where she signed a joint record deal at the age of 17, subsequently releasing her debut EP Purrr! in 2014.

After a commercial hiatus, Doja Cat released her debut studio album Amala (2018) to commercial failure but later earned viral success as an internet meme with the single “Mooo!”, which appeared on the deluxe version of her debut album along with singles “Juicy” and “Tia Tamera” in 2019.

Doja Cat’s second studio album, Hot Pink (2019), reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 and spawned the single “Say So”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of two remixes featuring Nicki Minaj.

More about her career

Moreover, Doja Cat is famous for creating music videos and songs that achieve popularity on social media applications such as TikTok and YouTube.

She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and has won two American Music Awards in addition to the MTV Video Music Award for Push Best New Artist and its European counterpart.

Dumisani Dlamini

Caption: Dumisani Dlamini at her photo shoot (Source: Starsgab)

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer – Net Worth 2024

Owing to her creative content, Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer established herself as a successful social media personality during her teenage years. Her net worth is around $200,000 (USD).

She has been able to earn a good amount of income which adds to her net worth simultaneously.

Likewise, she earns a substantial amount of income from her painting and artistry business. She currently resides in America.

Her daughter, Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini (aka Doja Cat) has an estimated net worth of $4 million.

Her net worth is connected to her career as a singer, rapper, and songwriter. However, the details about her assets, cars, house, endorsement, and so on are not available at the moment.

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer – Body Measurements

Talking about Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer’s physical statistics, she has kept her body fit and well-maintained. She stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches tall or 1.67 m or 167 cm.

She weighs around 55 kg or 121 lbs. Likewise, she has a pair of beautiful brown eyes and blonde hair.

Her body measurements are 36-30-37 inches. Also, she wears a bra cup size of 34 C and wears a shoe size of 5 (US).

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer – Social Media

Regarding social media, Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer is not active on any of the social media platforms.

She neither has an Instagram account nor a Facebook account and also not a Twitter account. However, her daughter Doja Cat is quite active on social media platforms.

Her daughter, Doja, has 24 million followers on her Instagram handles under the username @dojacat.

On the other hand, Deborah does not want any public attention and she is currently having a good time with her daughters and her painting career.

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