Rosie Huntington-Whiteley changes on the plane to look fashionable in photos

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arriving at LAX
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 28, is one of my favorite models to see in paparazzi photos. She’s stylish, she’s lanky and she always looks incredible. Plus she’s engaged to Jason Statham and they’re just gorgeous together. I do wonder if they’re ever going to make it down the aisle. It seems like they’ve broken up and got back together on the sly a few times now and I doubt they’re in a hurry to make it legal.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham depart from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Regardless Rosie has a trick for why she looks so lovely at the airport especially. When she first gets on the plane, she changes in the bathroom into a comfortable outfit that she brings in her carry on luggage. Then, before she lands, she changes back into her street clothes and freshens up her hair and makeup.

“I like to travel with a little suitcase of things I can change into on the plane,” the 28-year-old model, actress and, now, Ugg’s first global ambassador told PeopleStyle. And that’s just what she said she does: She wears her outfit to check in (and get photographed), gets on board, changes into sweats (basically), then changes right before she lands back into what she wore when she got on.

“I pack a suitcase with everything I need,” she said. “It has my toiletry bag with all my skincare essentials and makeup for when I want to land and have a quick freshen touch-up. Then I’ll have a cozy knit or cardigan, slouchy lounge pants from my own line, Rosie for Autograph, a pair of snuggly Ugg boots to keep toasty, cashmere wraps, and a soft cotton T-shirt. Then of course, my laptop, headphones and the book I’m reading.”

That suitcase acts as her bag of tricks as soon as she gets on board. “When I get on the plane, I change into my comfortable clothes, I get into my seat, get cozy, try to relax and enjoy the flight. I catch up on reading or catch up on the show I’m watching or do some work and answer some emails. Then I get changed just before landing back into the outfit I was wearing when I was in the airport before.”

“And don’t forget to pack a clean T-shirt,” she added. “I’ve learned the hard way when you spill something on you mid-flight or the turbulence caused you to pour something all over yourself.”

[From People]

Once, on an eight hour flight, my son kicked my tray table and spilled an entire glass of red wine all over my pants. I swear the stewardess was laughing at me. (I’ve told that story here so I’m sorry if you’ve already heard it.) Another time, when my son was little, he choked on a pretzel and threw up all over me mid flight. So I should take a tip from Rosie and bring extra clothes but I can’t imagine being able to actually change into them mid flight. How does one manage to change in a bathroom on a commercial airplane? Does she mean that she changes while on the ground and before she comes out to the bank of photographers? Because those airplane bathrooms are tiny and smelly and she’s just slightly taller than me at 5’9″. Maybe the business class people get bigger bathrooms though. I have no idea about rich people amenities in airplanes so I googled it and of course the first class passengers get gorgeous bathrooms on some flights including showers. If I had that kind of money I would fly business class at least.

LAX airport recently announced that they’re planning a VIP terminal for celebrities to use to avoid being photographed. It’s expensive at around $1,500 a use but I imagine some famous people would pay for it. Others, like Rosie, will just get dressed to the nines and walk through the airport being photographed. She’s just doing her job plus she’s getting plugs in for the clothing she represents. We get a lot of PR emails about what Rosie is wearing so I imagine that even her street clothes are sponsored somewhat.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Rosie Huntington Whiteley departs from LAX

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

photos credit: and UGGs

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  1. Lindy79 says:

    Yep, she’s changing in the first class I would imagine, where a lot of the time you can shower etc.
    I’d do it t be honest if I knew there would be a gaggle of paps waiting for me on the other end

    • Jen43 says:

      Me too. I always feel like I’ve been run over by a bicycle by the end of a transatlantic flight. I can’t even imagine how awful it would be to be photographed. Eek!

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah, so happy that I don’t have to worry about a flock of photogs hounding me after a flight. That would suck so bad…my skin always looks dry and I just look….yucky after a flight.

      I don’t really get her boyfriend but I have to admit that they make a really good-looking couple. I love pretty much all of her outfits in these photos.

    • Carol says:

      Yep, I’d pack a makeup guy and a stylist if I was a celeb just so I wouldn’t look like I spent the night in prison after along flight.

    • Alice too says:

      I live a 13 hour flight from where I call home. Am fortunate enough to travel Business most of the time, thanks to lots of airmiles. I do the same as she does as far as clothing goes, particularly as it’s usually a night flight. I take a loose long sleeved shirt and yoga pants that I change into to sleep and change out of when I wake up. Sephora dedororant wipes. Don’t bother with makeup, but usually have a moisturizer.

      Nothing worse than sleeping in your clothes and then having to continue to wear them. :(

    • JenYfromTheBlok says:

      I look good when I travel but my breath would melt a camera

  2. fashionista says:

    Many airlines give you PJs in first, no need to schlep extra. Think she just wanted to plug her clothing range not that I’m faulting her for it. Love the hustle!

  3. stara says:

    How does she get make up on the flight? That’s what I want to know.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I always carry a makeup bag on the flight, and my medicine, and a toothbrush and clean underwear, because my bag gets left behind fairly often when we go to my parent’s house. They have never said anything.

    • Snazzy says:

      As long as they are small containers (less than 100ml) it’s allowed. I do it all the time. Small bottles of cleanser, toner and moisturiser to wash my face during the flight (in the tiny smelly economy class bathrooms, no less). And like GNAT, I always take a toothbrush /toothpaste and a clean set of clothes, in case my bags get lost or come a day later (which happens often enough). As long as the bottles, as well as your carry-on bag are the accepted size, it’s fine

      • swak says:

        I’ve been taking my grandchildren when they turn 8 to Disney World. I have them pack swim suitk, pj’s, extra set of clothes just in case. While Disney will bring your bags from the plane to your room, it can take a couple hours to do so. I always pack my contact case and a small bottle of solution in my carry on.

    • Lindy79 says:

      As long as the stuff is under 100mls then there shouldn’t be an issue?

    • Alex says:

      I fly with my full makeup bag on my carry on all the time with zero issues. I also always carry a toothbrush, mini mouth wash, a full set of clothes (including extra bras and underwear), and long socks in case I don’t want to wear my shoes the entire flight. To me there’s always a chance your bag will get lost and I always fly in sweats or leggings to be comfortable. So I always change an hour before landing. Its not hard and I’m used to it at this point. I put my makeup on in my seat and boom ready to take on an adventure!

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Well, everybody’s different. That seems incredibly vain and silly to me, but if it’s that important to her that she’s willing to spend all that energy, I guess she might as well. Personally, if someone I love is meeting my flight, I’ll freshen up a little, in my seat. Lipstick and brush my hair. I try to wear things that look good but are comfortable, too. I’d rather look a little rumpled than change in an airplane bathroom, but I’d rather do almost anything than go into an airplane bathroom, even in first class. I’m not sure she really does all of this, anyway. I think she just wanted to talk about her line.

    • perplexed says:

      I’d probably wear a nice coat or something over my comfortable clothes (which would not be jogging pants).

      I can understand her desire not to look terrible in photos though. There are so many times I’ve laughed at Kristen Stewart’s clothes even though that’s probably more akin to how a lot of people dress on the street (i.e jeggings, skinny jeans, etc.). Those outfits probably look worse in photos than they do in person.

    • vauvert says:

      Well, no one paps me at the airport but I do pretty much the same. Even including the extra top in my carry on because I am a klutz who spills (and also you never know whether the plane is extra hot or super cold.) I try to do the layering thing – tank top, cardigan, etc. Yes, they give you warm socks and a care kit in business and the bathroom is a tiny bit better, but it still requires some acrobatic skill to change in there, but I hate arriving in sweats and I don’t really enjoy being dressed up for 9-10 hours on a flight. It really isn’t that hard to take a few small rings in your carry-on, brush your teeth before arrival and put on some makeup.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        It’s cute when you do it. I guess I’m just too lazy.

      • layla says:

        I don’t change completely… but I definitely do the layering thing (never know how hot or cold those dayum flights will be) as well as a spare top just in case. Even if the just in case is my own stink after a long haul flight.

        I always take a small “freshen up” type make up bag as well… not that I wear a lot of makeup, but it sure feels nice to do a freshen up spritz after 15hr on a flight!

        Also acts as a bonus to have some basic toiletries and at least one change of top if your luggage gets lost too.

    • Wren says:

      It seems dumb as hell to me but I’m not pretty for a living. Her in flight outfit sounds awesome and I’d wear that all day anyway. But she makes her money on how she looks and this is part of her job.

    • Dani says:

      It’s vain and silly for us average folk, but her job is literally to be pretty and stylish. So, she really has no choice, unless she wants to look less-than and possibly lose a sponsor or get passed on for a modeling gig.

  5. ab says:

    seems like a lot of effort, but I guess it makes sense for celebs who are getting papped. especially at the end of a long flight when most aren’t at their freshest.

    also, I LOVE the outfit in the top photo — the white blouse with the grey print and black skinnies.

  6. GiGi says:

    I’m surprised anyone with means is flying commercial anymore. There’s a company that offers unlimited private flights for just the membership cost of $800/month. A pretty good deal if you fly even twice a month.

  7. Senaber says:

    Dang I’ve never paid attention to her style before but I love it. Polished and wearable!

  8. LookyLoo says:

    “Stewardess” – I haven’t heard that in a long time. Isn’t it Flight Attendants now?

  9. Alarive says:

    I fly to Australia once a year and refuse to be seen in an airport with sweatpants. As soon as I board the plane, and before everyone’s used the bathroom, I quickly change into my boyfriend’s comfy sweatpants. Best thing ever, and I still don’t have to feel like I look like a schlub.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Why do you need to wear sweatpants at all? That’s a very long flight, I know, but why not just wear nice looking but comfortable pants? I’m not criticizing you, I just don’t understand why people think you have to wear sweatpants to be comfortable. I won’t wear clothes that are uncomfortable, and I don’t own a pair of sweatpants.

      • Kitten says:

        Yeah I have to say that the last few times I flew I just wore jeans and a tank top layered with a thin sweater and leather jacket. Basically, I wore what I normally wear and I was perfectly comfortable.

        Of course, they were all short flights: Chicago, Denver, Orlando, but still..
        I really don’t mind sitting in my jeans for 2 or 3 hours. Hell, I sit in my office chair in uncomfortable clothes for 7 hours a day so……

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Same. If I were flying to Australia, I would make sure they were really comfortable, loose-ish pants, to be sure, and it’s not like I have a major anti-sweatpants thing, I just don’t get why everybody thinks you can’t be comfortable in anything but, you, know?

      • vauvert says:

        Sweats, yoga pants, leggings… my biggest comfort thing though is the footwear. My feet swell on the plane (oh, the glamour) even though I don’t touch coffee or alcohol, so I always have a pair of Keds to wear in flight and my normal whatever to change into when I arrive. I have also changed into soft knit dresses – great for travelling!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        But vauvert, my question, which I’m not putting very well, is why don’t you just wear a soft knit dress to begin with? Then you don’t have to change, but you still look nice. Btw, my feet swell, too on long flights, and I’m scared to take my shoes off for fear they won’t go back on. So sexy.

    • layla says:

      I do Canada-Australia often. Direct from Vancouver it’s a 15-17hr long haul (direction dependent) in one shot … I would never wear a dress or skirt on a plane. I, personally, would find it utterly impractical on such a long flight no matter how soft the knit. (climbing over your sleeping neighbour when you can no longer hold for the bathroom, sweat between the thighs etc.)

      I also find jeans, no matter how broken in or how comfy and loose, become increasing uncomfortable on such long flights as well.

      Some type of tight/active pant or fashionable sweat pant (I don’t think people are talking about the ugly grey thick fleecy elastic at the ankle kind of sweat here!) can be both practical and stylish when layered with appropriate tops, jackets, scarf, shoes etc.

  10. Zapp Brannigan says:

    I need those trousers with the stripe down the legs, how have I existed in life without them?

  11. Ethelreda says:

    I find Rosie to be a really boring model – she’s been doing that exact same fish lips and bedroom eyes look for at least 5 years now. She seems to have just the one look. While I can definitely see why men would find her sexy, I just think she exudes zero personality.

  12. Jayna says:

    I love the all black ensemble.

    I bet quite a few celebs do that on long fights.

  13. Mrs. Darcy says:

    Those first class toilets are making me weep with the envy of a lifelong long haul cattle class traveller. The last time I flew AA transatlantic, someone was barfing the whole way home, across the aisle from me (into a sick bag – but still, the smell, I wanted to die!), and I got up after managing to nap to go to the toilet, with my earplugs still in, and the flight attendant starting shouting at me “Don’t step in the puke!”, as the lady had puked outside the toilet and rather than clean it up they just stuck chemical dehydrator on top of it. Oh the glamour.

    I have used a couple of airline lounges (once it was comped for a delay, the other time w/my Mom who likes to spend her money on this wacky stuff), and they have nice bathrooms, showers,etc. so anyone could freshen up there too if they had the means. After 24 hours of travelling I would kill for a shower fresh off the plane.

  14. Lucy2 says:

    It sounds like a lot more work than I would want to do, but then again I’m not photographed before and after a flight.
    I once sat near someone who did full hair and make up in her seat before we landed- it was like Kardashian levels of make up. And then she had the nerve to spray perfume. Yes, perfume, on an airplane. Given that many perfumes make me sneeze, cough, and get a headache, I did not look as refreshed as she did once we landed.

  15. Anon says:

    Beyond the fact that she’s doing it because of the gaggle of waiting photographers, this is all actually pretty relatable advice. I’m not generally one of those people who needs to be super comfy on a plane… but then I don’t take many transatlantic flights. I do think a lot about the texture of what I’m wearing. Usually I go with a soft jersey black dress with an aline shape and a midi length. I wear it so much on planes my husband calls it my “travel outfit.”

  16. lizzie says:

    can someone ID that black satchel? it is giving me life. is that the versace emblem?

  17. shannon says:

    Jason Statham must have her under some type of spell. He’s too aloof for me. She’s got great hair and has kept it “short” (short compared to model standards) for a couple of years now. I commend her for not going the extension route like most of her peers. That’s all I got.

  18. Kimbers says:

    Dont get why if she’s trying to be fashionable she wears sunglasses that highlight her pointer nose and chin so horribly? They might be trendy, but they dont work for her facial features. Girl could make a spring wedding ice sculpture with her nose.

  19. TheGrandSophy says:

    She’s a model, so you could argue that this is part of her brief.

    Good on her for taking the trouble to present herself well, whatever her motivation.

    I remember when air travel was much more expensive and thus a privilege; this was reflected in how everyone dressed up to fly.

    Cheaper air travel = hordes of the great unwashed and shabby next to you on a plane.

    And no, I’m not a snob, but no one should be allowed to board a plane in raggedy shorts, thongs (footwear) or rest their feet on the seat in front of them (sometimes without shoes). Even those less well off can have clean non-scruffy clothes.

    Whatever happened to la bella figura (cutting a beautiful figure/putting your best foot forward/presenting your best self)?

  20. Lucy says:

    Sure, I see nothing wrong with this. She’s lovely and I love all of those outfits.

  21. Magnoliarose says:

    I understand her need to look presentable for the paps. They are most likely eager to catch her not looking her best.
    When I travel I always carry on a day’s worth of clothes, including nightclothes, in case my luggage gets lost. I wear something comfortable but can be presentable for different occasions, for the same reason.
    Layers in case of weather changes. I don’t wear makeup, just thick moisturizer and lip gloss. I never wear my hair down but in a ponytail or pinned up.
    With the children it becomes a military operation. Each with a change of clothes, an activity bag and clothes that are easy to maneuver in the bathroom. I choose times that are close to bed time so they’ll sleep mostly.
    I think more of comfort and efficiency, not glamour but Rosie has to think of both, not to mention getting some publicity for her line.

  22. THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSS look presentable… look like you care, bec thats the realm you live in and work in .

    love my stars looking the part….. (dont read too too deeply into that, commenters lol)

  23. Gs says:

    She is probs pregnant but I could be wrong if so congrats . She is cute has fab body.

  24. Taxi says:

    I love the pink-peach coat! Anyone have an ID?

  25. Mango says:

    She always looks great and never like she tried way too hard. She’s got a likeable air about her as well. Not arrogant or narcissistic.

  26. Camille says:

    I enjoy seeing Rosie’s pap pics because I love her street style.