Elizabeth Holmes was unrecognizable in court last week as she presented a softer and warmer beauty look ahead of her criminal trial next year.
The disgraced Theranos founder accomplished this beauty transformation by dialing things down with her makeup while going big with her hair.
Holmes’ infamous tresses, which have been bleached, straightened and worn in a ponytail ever since she first came to public attention back in aughts, got bigger and better with the help of a blow-out and some barrel curls.
It was a make-under however in the beauty department, with Holmes packing away the kohl eyeliner she used to liberally apply along with her very red lipstick and the too-light foundation that would round out the look
Holmes, 35, instead stuck to a more neutral pallet that matched her natural skin tone and worked with her features to give her a warmer and softer look in court.
U.S. District Court Judge Edward Davila ruled Friday that the trial against Holmes and the company’s former Chief Operating Officer Ramesh Balwani will start July 28, 2020.
Prosecutors allege that Holmes and Balwani deliberately misled investors, policymakers and the public about the accuracy of Theranos’ blood-testing technologies.
The two pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. If convicted, they could each face maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and a $2.75 million fine, plus possible restitution.
New look: Elizabeth Holmes appeared in court on Friday where U.S. District Court Judge Edward Davila ruled her case will begin in July of next year
White fang: Holmes with Evans, the heir to a hotel fortune who worked for the driverless car start-up Luminar Technologies (Holmes and Evans with Balto)
Holmes’ appearance came just weeks after she is believed to have married Billy Evans, 27, in a private ceremony.
Reports have revealed very little about the event and the guests.
There have been claims that Evans’ family did not approve of the union, but that did not seem to impact their relationship with their son, whom they traveled with to Iceland and Ecuador, among other destinations, over the past year.
Evans and Holmes’ union is a surprise to some, though the two did not make a concerted effort to hide their relationship, with Evans often posting photos of the two.
In one of those photos, Holmes smiles while wearing a shirt with the name of Evans’ company written across the front.
The two are joined in that photo by Balto.
That is the infamous husky that Holmes adopted as Theranos found itself in increasingly dire straits, informing workers that the husky was a ‘wolf.’
Evans refers to the dog as Baltisimo.
In all the photos of the pair, Holmes is also seen wearing Evans’ MIT signet ring around her neck.
That may also be her engagement ring, as she is not seen wearing any jewelry on her ring finger in other photos.
This would certainly be a practical decision given the fact that Holmes is being sued for millions of dollars, and if she loses those suits might have to hand over some of her more pricey possessions – like a diamond ring.
Evans wrote in another snap with Holmes that ‘the last year has been the best I’ve had.’
Evans is a far cry from Holmes’ ex, former Thernaos COO Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani.
Holmes and Balwani met in China just after her high school graduation when he was 37 and she was just 18.
Balwani divorced his Japanese artist wife Keiko Fujimoto shortly after he met Holmes, and the two kept their relationship a secret for years.
Evans is a player in the Silicon Valley scene, and recently worked at Luminar as the Director of Special Projects.
He attended prep school in San Diego from an early age, enrolling at Francis W Parker when he was in kindergarten and remaining there until he went off to college.
Evans chose MIT for college, and was able to also spend time in China at Fudan University.
Love bugs: Evans wrote in another snap with Holmes that ‘the last year has been the best I’ve had’ (above)
Timeline: Evans is the son of William and Susan Evans, and his paternal grandparents founded the Evans Hotel Group which owns properties on the West Coast (Evans left in 2015, Holmes right with Jared Leto at the Women of the Year Awards in 2015)
Dad: Evans’ father is described as ‘a passionate collector of California Impressionist art, rare specimen palm trees and subtropical plants, and antique racing automobiles’ (Evans and his father in 2015)
Squad: Evans’ mother (above with her son and not Balto in 2012) ‘made the commitment to dedicate herself to raising their three children – Billy, Rex, and Gracie—before accepting her current position’ reads her bio on Evans Hotel Group
He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Economics, at which point he took a post at LinkedIn before making the move in 2017 to Luminar Technologies.
That is the company which is currently hard at work attempting to create and then mass market driverless cars.
Photos of the couple obtained by DailyMail.com show the two are very close, and very private.
They are seldom seen with anyone but each other or Balto, who wrecked havoc on the board rooms of Theranos in the company’s final days,
Evans is one of three children born to William and Susan Evans.
The family grew up in the San Diego area, which is where Evans’ grandparents, William and Anne, started the Evans Hotel Group in 1953.
The hotel group now owns three major resort properties on the west coast: the Catamaran, the Baha and The Lodge at Torrey Pines.
Anne remains the chairman emeritus of the company, and when her husband passed away in 1984 her children William and Grace joined the company.
They were soon followed by their spouses, and those five now comprise the leadership team for the hotel group.
On the company website, Evans’ father is described as ‘a passionate collector of California Impressionist art, rare specimen palm trees and subtropical plants, and antique racing automobiles’.
Evans’ mother, it is noted, ‘made the commitment to dedicate herself to raising their three children – Billy, Rex, and Gracie—before accepting her current position.’
Shady lady: Holmes and her ex Sunny Balwani are facing decades in prison for defrauding investors and of defrauding doctors and patients
In the Vanity Fair story it was also noted: ‘She wears his M.I.T. signet ring on a necklace and the couple regularly post stories on Instagram professing their love for each other.’
On the same day Vanity Fair published its piece, Holmes was spotted wandering the streets of Manhattan’s Upper East Side during a snowstorm.
She was seen on February 20 exiting The Mark hotel, lugging her own suitcase and attempting to hail a cab in the photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com.
It is unclear what will happen to the lovebirds though should Holmes be sent to prison.
She has been charged with criminal fraud in federal court and is facing decades in prison, though she has maintained her innocence and entered a not guilty plea to all counts.
She and Balwani are accused of defrauding investors and of defrauding doctors and patients.
Holmes was set to revolutionize the medical industry with the introduction of Edison, a portable machine that she claimed could provide patients with a comprehensive blood test by analyzing just a single drop of blood.
What followed was a spectacular fall from grace for Holmes, who had duped everyone from her billionaire investors and esteemed board members to Walgreens.
Holmes seemed blissfully unaware of what was to come in those final days according to the story, and even purchased a husky that she insisted on calling a wolf.
The workers who kept their jobs right until the bitter end recalled spending their final days with a inexplicably effusive Holmes and her ‘wolf’, who ran loose through the building and did not hesitate to use any room as his bathroom.