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Elizabeth Holmes gave pre-prison interviews to The New York Times in an attempt to rehab her image.
She said she spent six months in 2019 sleeping in an RV with her partner while building her defense.
Holmes and Billy Evans, a fixture during her trial, welcomed their second child earlier this year.
In a May 7 profile in the Times, Holmes admitted she had built a persona that wasn't "authentic" — wearing black turtlenecks, red lipstick, messy blonde hair, and using a contrived masculine voice.
The founder of the blood-testing startup Theranos is trying to portray herself as the "real Elizabeth" — who wants to be called "Liz" — not the person who was convicted on four counts of fraud and conspiracy and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
People flocked to social media, including Twitter, to stress that Holmes "is a convicted felon." The former CNN host Soledad O'Brien wrote: "Nice to be a pretty white lady working your charm on a nyt reporter."
Among the various topics she discussed with the Times' Amy Chozick, Holmes said that when District Judge Edward J. Davila set a date for her criminal trial in 2019, she and her partner, Billy Evans, spent six months on the road in an RV while prosecutors were working on her case.
And before the trial even began, the couple slept in campgrounds and Walmart parking lots during these months of traveling the country, while working on her legal defense between outdoor yoga and hikes.
"Even though that period was a crisis and Theranos was my life and like my child, I gave everything I had to it," Holmes told the Times. Once it was gone, "I also became free," she added.
Holmes's profile in the Times, in which she's described as a loved-up mother of two who wears a "bucket hat and sunglasses" and strolls around the San Diego Zoo, echoes arguments she's used to stay out of prison.
She previously cited her two young children, a son who is almost 2 years old and a baby daughter who was born earlier this year, as part of her plea to the judge. Her attorney Amy Mason Saharia also cited a list of other attributes, including that she volunteered for a rape-crisis hotline, in the motion requesting a delay.
Holmes' interviews with the Times as an attempt to rehabilitate her image are likely to be stymied by her conviction.
Holmes did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment sent via her legal representative Lance Wade after regular business hours.
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