Fact Check

Photo of Courteney Cox 'Without Makeup' Is Fake

If this was an episode of the old "Friends" TV show, it would probably be titled, "The One with Monica's Fake Selfie."

Published Aug 23, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Producer/Actor Courteney Cox speaks onstage during Starz's 'Shining Vale' panel during Deadline Contenders Television at Paramount Studios on April 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Deadline Hollywood ) (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Deadline Hollywood)
Image Via Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Deadline Hollywood
Claim:
A selfie of actor and producer Courteney Cox is an authentic photograph of her not wearing any makeup.

On Aug. 23, 2022, we spotted an online ad from the Mighty Scoops website that claimed, "Courteney Cox, 57, Takes Off Makeup, Leaves Us With No Words." Another version of the ad read, "Courteney Cox, 57, Leaves Home Without Makeup And We're In Shock." The picture in the ad showed the Hollywood actor and producer perhaps looking quite a few years older than expected, supposedly without makeup applied. However, this was misleading.

An online ad claimed that a picture showed Courteney Cox's true appearance without and with no makeup.
This was not an authentic photograph of Cox.

Once clicked, the ad led to a 63-page slideshow article. Cox finally showed up on page 62. The article mentioned nothing about the photograph from the ad. It was nothing more than clickbait. We hope that we saved our readers some time.

The truth here was that Cox, a star of the "Friends" TV show and "Scream" movies, as well as an executive producer of "Cougar Town," had posted the picture in 2019 using a FaceApp filter. This fact was reported by celebrity gossip website JustJared.com. (The article was no longer available as of this writing, but Google cache still had it.)

In sum, a picture that was promoted in an online ad was not an authentic photo of Cox with no makeup. It had been processed through a filter in the FaceApp mobile app.

Sources:

Celebrity Goddesses: Check Out How They Really Look Like Under All The Makeup! https://mightyscoops.com/trending/celebrity-goddesses-check-out-how-they-really-look-like-under-all-the-makeup-taboola-taasif.

“Courteney Cox.” IMDb, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001073/.

“Courteney Cox Has Some Fun Trying Out the FaceApp!” Just Jared, 18 July 2019, https://www.justjared.com/2019/07/18/courteney-cox-has-some-fun-trying-out-the-faceapp/.

Jordan Liles is a Snopes reporter with expertise in investigating misinformation, inauthentic social media activity, and scams.

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