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Photoshop改图上位, 硅谷名媛Hornstein被控


多人喜欢用Photoshop修饰相中自己,美国女子霍恩斯坦(Shirley Hornstein)则用Photoshop为自己打造名气,甚至一度获财经杂志《福布斯》选为硅谷最具影响力女投资者之一,最终惹上官非。

霍恩斯坦在网志,上载与美国型男歌手Justin Timberlake和谐星Andy Samberg等名人合照,一副硅谷名媛模样,但原来全部是她藉着photoshop合成。 她后来越玩越大,扯上着名投资公司Founders Fund,指自己曾与Founders Fund合作,逼得Founders Fund入禀控告侵权,揭破她用photoshop上位的面目。
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霍恩斯坦上周道歉,声称自己「被人嫌弃与批评……诚信破产,失去工作和朋友」,她自己因很迷失迷茫,所以选择以大话掩饰大话。

Shirley Hornstein Used Photoshop to Access Silicon Valley Elite

A businesswoman’s career and life came crumbling down after it was revealed she photoshopped herself into pictures with celebrities in an effort to make others believe she was working and socializing with them.
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Shirley Hornstein described herself as an “Angel Investor and (dare I say) Entrepreneur” and claimed to have met and mingled with celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Andy Sandberg.

Her self promotion ended up being successful, as she managed to get onto the top-40 list of the most influential women investing in technology in Silicon Valley.

But her act was soon exposed when she started claiming she worked for Silicon Valley guru and Napster creator Sean Parker.

His Founders Fund took legal action on her to stop her from claiming she worked for them.

“Beginning no later than July of 2011, Ms. Hornstein engaged in pattern of conduct, which includes making false and misleading written and oral representations, designed to deceive potential business partners and employers into believing that she had prior and/or ongoing business and employment connections to Founders Fund and its partners,” a legal filing read.

“In fact, Ms. Hornstein is not now, nor has she ever been, an employee or business partner or Founders Fund or any Founders Fund Partner or executive.”

The company discovered her false claims when she posted a blog that said she had “experience working with a number of Silicon Valley companies, including iMeem, Nitro PDF, Dropbox, and Founders Fund.”

One commenter on Hacker News forum explained how deceitful and awkward meeting Hornstein was.

“I’ve met Shirley a handful of times, through mutual friends and founders here in SF,” a posting said. “Every time we hung out, she would tell elaborate stories of meeting so and so, or being friends with Sean Parker or Justin Timberlake. Almost immediately, the first time I met her, I was super skeptical; always felt like something was really off with her.”

After news broke out of her deceit, she released a statement regretting what she had done.

“Deep down I knew this would happen eventually because you can’t build your life based on lies, but what did I do to stop it? I told more lies, created more elaborate stories, abused trust that been given to me and pretended that everything was going to be okay,” she said.

“Fake it ‘till you make it, right? I was so lost.”
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