BYRDIE AU: What was it that made you decide to go ahead with the Instagram post?
BELLE LUCIA: I wanted to show young girls and boys that “models” like myself are not perfect. I know a lot of people look up to me and probably compare their lives to mine, so I wanted to show something real and hopefully help others feel to okay about their flaws.
BYRDIE AU: How did you respond to negative feedback on the post?
BL: I don’t think it’s productive to respond to negativity. I usually leave it, or if it’s bullying, I’ll delete the comment. There will always be people out there who see the negative, no matter what I post.
BYRDIE AU: What’s your take on Instagram in general? Do you like to curate your feed or keep it as close as possible to your authentic self?
BL: I really love Instagram; it’s opened up so many doors for me. I love being creative with what I post and being inspired by others. But like all things in life, there are negatives that come with it, such as cyberbullying and addiction. In general, though, I love it. I never thought I would have such a large platform. I’ve always posted what I’ve wanted to post and stuck to my authentic self. I wouldn’t ever post something that isn’t me. That’s why you wouldn’t see me advertising protein powder—because I don’t eat it!
BYRDIE AU: You say that Roaccutane was what eventually cleared your skin—were there any other products that helped?
BL: Roaccutane is usually a last-resort medication. It’s not to be taken lightly, and all other options should be tried before taking it. Before that, I had tried the contraceptive pill, topical creams, diet changes, ointments, and three different antibiotics, but my acne was aggressive. Both of my parents had cystic acne, so it runs in my family. It doesn’t have much to do with my diet or hormones—just my skin type, I believe.
BYRDIE AU: How did your body react while on Roaccutane?
BL: Luckily I didn’t experience any negative side effects (apart from dry lips; nothing a good lip balm can’t fix). But before I went on the drug, I was informed of the severe side effects I could have faced, such as depression, permanent liver damage, birth defects, hair loss—the list goes on. I was lucky to not experience any of these.