Samantha Leal Deputy Editor

Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, where she edits and oversees the site's content with a focus on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

She grew up in South Bend, Indiana (go Notre Dame!) and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before setting out for New York City. Her work has been published by TheAtlantic.com, Glamour.com, Refinery29.com and more.

When she’s not working, you’ll find her reading (YA novels, mostly), watching too many YouTube videos and writing short stories. You can follow her on Twitter at @samanthajoleal and read her style and music blog at notesonstyle.com.

Favorite Latina fashionista: Nicole Richie

The Latino celeb I'd want to be best friends with: Selena Gomez

My first celebrity crush: Mike Vitar aka Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez from the movie The Sandlot.

Something people don't know about me: I have a phobia of needles and blood.

Guilty pop culture addiction: Anything on The CW.

My Latina Role Model: Salma Hayek

Fun Memory from My First Day at Latina: My first day was a blur!

Two words that describe Elvis Crespo: Very interesting…

If I met Jennifer Lopez, I would: be a total fangirl. I've loved her since she was a fly girl on 'In Living Color'

Latino artist on my iPod right now: Pitbull

Favorite Interview with a Latino Celeb: Daddy Yankee or Adriana Lima

Favorite Latin dish: Mexican chorizo tacos

Favorite Spanish-Language Song: Como La Flor - Selena Quintanilla

Proudest Moment as a Latino: When the Wise Latina herself, Sonia Sotomayor, was named to the Supreme Court.

The 10 Best Dressed Stars of the Week
The 10 Best Dressed Stars of the Week

From rockin’ out at Jingle Bell to attending international film festivals, these stars looked absolutely amazing this week!
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8 Holiday Cocktails That Will Make Your Season Bright
8 Holiday Cocktails That Will Make Your Season Bright

Nothing makes the holiday season like quality time with familia and friends. Serve up a little something delicious to make everyone smile just a little brighter. Salud!

MORE: punches perfect for the holidays!


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13 Amazing Holiday Gifts For Every Woman In Your Life
13 Amazing Holiday Gifts For Every Woman In Your Life

Holiday season is almost here (eeek!) so it’s time to start making that list and checking it twice – just make sure these gifts make the cut for all the mujeres you love. 
PLUS: 10 gifts you should never get a Latina.


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WATCH: Guys Break Down What Your Name Means to Them
WATCH: Guys Break Down What Your Name Means to Them

What does your name signal to a guy?


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WATCH: Bruno Mars Rocks Rollers at 'The Voice' Finale
WATCH: Bruno Mars Rocks Rollers at 'The Voice' Finale

Well that's a new look! While performing on the finale of The VoiceBruno Mars went for a funky look by sporting rollers in his hair. Which makes sense, given that he performed "Uptown Funk," with Mark Ronson.

MORE: See the cutest Bruno Mars mini-me!


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Whoa: Selena Cries Over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift's B-Day Party
Whoa: Selena Gomez Cries Over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift's B-Day Party

The heart wants what it wants? Selena Gomez definitely made an impression at Taylor Swift's 25th birthday party, and it may have been fueled by alcohol — beer tears, ladies and gents.


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Demi Gets The Most Adorable Early Christmas Present
Demi Gets The Most Adorable Early Christmas Present

Eeeek! Demi Lovato's present is a gift to us all after she shared it on Instagram.

MORE: Demi shows us how to properly wear a Christmas sweater.

The 22-year-old singer shared some adorably exciting news:

 


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Biggest Latino Food Lies You Need to Stop Believing
Biggest Latino Food Lies You Need to Stop Believing

Latinos love food. Our culture is defined by the time we spend together with our families, preparing and eating meals. But not everything you've learned growing up is helping you lead a healthy lifestyle. Here are five food myths we need to all stop believing, courtesy of Alejandro Chaban, certified nutrition consultant and founder of the Yes You Can! Diet Plan


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Beauty Breakdown: Celebs Share Their Go-To Products!
Beauty Breakdown: Celebs Share Their Go-To Products!

When it comes to beauty products, stars tend to know their stuff. It makes sense — from working with makeup artists to strutting their stuff on the red carpet to filming scenes to showing up in paparazzi shots — they always have to put their best face forward. Here are a few products celebs swear by.

PLUS: 10 holiday beauty looks to try!


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30 Absolutely Stunning Photos of Jennifer Lopez!
30 Absolutely Gorgeous Photos of Jennifer Lopez!

It's no secret J.Lo kills it on the red carpet. Whether flashing leg or showing off her curves, the boricua always steals the show. Don't believe us? Take a look at some of the most stunning photos of the star:

PLUS: The best J.LO selfies!


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