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Courteney Cox looks chic after kick-starting Instagram trend

Courteney Cox has inadvertently kick-started an Instagram craze of people sharing reverse pool jump videos.

The Friends favourite, 55, was dining at Mason restaurant in Santa Monica on Wednesday amid the revelation that social media users have been spelling her first name wrong in the viral hashtag.

The actress looked cool as ever in a sombre ensemble for her dinner outing at the upmarket restaurant.

Out and about: Courteney Cox has been spotted heading out for dinner in Santa Monica on Tuesday after inadvertently kick-starting an Instagram craze of people sharing reverse pool jump videos

Out and about: Courteney Cox has been spotted heading out for dinner in Santa Monica on Tuesday after inadvertently kick-starting an Instagram craze of people sharing reverse pool jump videos

Courteney was chic as ever in her black outfit, teaming a simple knit with a pair of smart tailored trousers.

The abstract beige dot pattern on her top was perfectly complemented by a pair of nude heels in the same shade.

The A-list star completed her look with a pair of lightly tinted, 80s inspired shades, a chain necklace and silver hoop earrings.

Simple and sophisticated: Courteney was chic as ever in her black outfit, teaming a smart knit with a pair of smart tailored trousers

Simple and sophisticated: Courteney was chic as ever in her black outfit, teaming a smart knit with a pair of smart tailored trousers

Dressed to impress: Courteney was chic as ever in her black outfit, teaming a simple knit with a pair of smart tailored trousers

Matching: The large beige dot pattern on her top was perfectly complemented by a pair of nude heels in the same neutral hue

Dressed to impress: Courteney was chic as ever in her black outfit, teaming a simple knit with a pair of smart tailored trousers

Bling: The A-list star completed her look with a pair of lightly tinted, 80s inspired shades, a chain necklace and a pair of hoop earrings

Bling: The A-list star completed her look with a pair of lightly tinted, 80s inspired shades, a chain necklace and a pair of hoop earrings

Meanwhile, Courtney’s ex David Arquette was spotted dining next door at Giorgio Baldi.

The actor, 47, was married to Courtney from 1999 until 2013 and they raise daughter Coco, 15, together.

David was looking casual in a palm print shirt and a pair of jeans as he headed off following his evening of fine Italian cuisine.

Fancy seeing you here! Courtney's ex David Arquette was spotted dining next door at Giorgio Baldi restaurant

Fancy seeing you here! Courtney’s ex David Arquette was spotted dining next door at Giorgio Baldi restaurant 

Low-key: David was looking casual in a palm print shirt and a pair of jeans as he headed off following his evening of fine Italian cuisine

Low-key: David was looking casual in a palm print shirt and a pair of jeans as he headed off following his evening of fine Italian cuisine

It was revealed earlier this week that Courteney has started a craze among French social media users this summer when she posted a video of herself seemingly jumping from her pool in reverse. 

The clip has inspired hundreds of fans to make similar videos, recording themselves jumping in the pool and then playing it back backwards — except most of them have misspelled her name in the trending hashtag. 

The clip seems to show Courteney jumping out of the pool, though she is miraculously dry when she lands. 

Influencer: It was revealed earlier this week that Courteney has started a craze among French social media users this summer when she posted a video of herself seemingly jumping from her pool in reverse

Influencer: It was revealed earlier this week that Courteney has started a craze among French social media users this summer when she posted a video of herself seemingly jumping from her pool in reverse

Flip it and reverse it: In the video, viewed 2.7 million times, Courteney emerges from her pool in a digitally-altered rewind video

Backwards: The clip has inspired hundreds of fans to make similar videos, recording themselves jumping in the pool and then playing it back backwards

Flip it and reverse it: In the video, viewed 2.7 million times, Courteney emerges from her pool in a digitally-altered rewind video 

It then shows the star artfully putting her sheer kaftan and sunglasses back on, as cool as a cucumber, while someone hands her a red-hued drink. 

Mom-of-one Courteney captioned the gravity-defying video with lyrics from one of Missy Elliott’s most iconic tracks, Work It, posting, ‘I finally get what you mean…by put your thing down, flip it, and reverse it’.

Social media users began trying their hand at the impressive, digitally-altered video as soon as two days after Courteney’s own stunt. 

The only problem? The users, in their droves, spelled the star’s name incorrectly — thus the ‘Courtney Cox challenge’ has actually taken off.  

Cool: The mother-of-one calmly emerges to don her cover-up in a video that's now being copied hundreds of times online

Chilled: It then shows the star artfully putting her sheer kaftan and sunglasses back on, as cool as a cucumber, while someone hands her a red-hued drink

Cool: The mother-of-one calmly emerges to don her cover-up in a video that’s now being copied hundreds of times online

Fans: Courteney's legion of celebrity fans applauded her gravity-defying video

Fans: Courteney’s legion of celebrity fans applauded her gravity-defying video  

Alabama-born Courteney notably spells her name like her mother, Courteney Copeland (née Bass) — with an extra ‘e’ in the middle. 

Her mom Courteney went on to marry Hunter Copeland, whose nephew is drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police.  

But as the copycat videos began turning up on Instagram, many people tagged them with #CourtneyCoxChallenge, leaving out that middle ‘e’. 

In a mock-video, French comedian Manu Payet referenced Courteney’s original, helping to popularize the trend.  

Courteney’s own video attracted comments from the likes of Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco (who said ‘this is epic’) and her Cougar Town co-star Busy Philipps (who wrote ‘this is great’) — but videos created by imitators still garnered thousands of views in their own right.

Reenacted: An Instagram user involved her dolphin pool float for her own spin on the challenge

Reenacted: An Instagram user involved her dolphin pool float for her own spin on the challenge

Instafamous: Reagan, the Instagram famous Doodle with 515k followers, even got in on the challenge with his owner

Instafamous: Reagan, the Instagram famous Doodle with 515k followers, even got in on the challenge with his owner 

Water ready: Men took a leaf out of Courteney's book while donning their poolside attire post-jump

Water ready: Men took a leaf out of Courteney's book while donning their poolside attire post-jump

Water ready: Men took a leaf out of Courteney’s book while donning their poolside attire post-jump

So far, over 800 videos have been posted with the misspelled hashtag.

The clips mainly show users jumping into private pools, being handed a glass of wine or bottle of beer and flicking their shades on in reference to Courteney’s original. 

Other French figures like actress Laetitia Milot, presenter Jean Luc Lemoine and various bloggers also spread the challenge across the platform. 

French celebrities aside, hilarious videos showed people using props like pool floats and scuba diving goggles for their own renditions. Others did handstands or group reenactions, some even involving their kids wearing arm bands. 

An Instagram-famous pet, Reagan the Doodle, even partook in the challenge — well, at least watching his owner do so.  

Joint effort: A couple showed their synchronized skills as they pulled off a perfectly-timed double Courteney Cox challenge

Joint effort: A couple showed their synchronized skills as they pulled off a perfectly-timed double Courteney Cox challenge

Joke: Comedia Manu Payet helped to popularize the trend when he posted his own version - which didn't see him get anywhere near the pool behind him

Joke: Comedian Manu Payet helped to popularize the trend when he posted his own version – which didn’t see him get anywhere near the pool behind him

Courteney has been delighting her three million Instagram followers with humorous clips and pictures as of late. 

The actress partook in the recent viral FaceApp challenge, showcasing what she could look like in another few decades.

Friends fans were also thrilled at an upload earlier this summer, in which Courteney posed with the show’s other stars Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston. 

Courteney also posts no shortage of pictures with her Irish rocker beau Johnny McDaid, whom she has been in a relationship with for five years. 

The Dirt star trolled herself yesterday when she took to Instagram to share an old magazine clip of herself. 

The page features an 80s-era Courteney in a strapless halter top with whispy bangs next to a quote the actress gave about Madonna.

‘There are a lot of personalities out there, like Madonna, who can set their own style. It’s outrageous. I don’t know if I could do it, but she displays a great sense of personal style,’ the magazine clipping reads.  

Reunion: Courteney recently delighted her social media followers with this Friends throwback alongside Lisa Kudrow (left) and Jennifer Aniston (right)

Reunion: Courteney recently delighted her social media followers with this Friends throwback alongside Lisa Kudrow (left) and Jennifer Aniston (right) 

Daily Mail UK

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