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.

5 Celebrities Taking Ponytails to New Heights
5 Celebrities Taking Ponytails to New Heights

The higher the hair, the closer to God. Or, so they say. These celebrities have embraced the voluminous look in ponytail looks that have us running for our comb and hair ties. Which look is your favorite? 

PLUS: Easy ways to recreate red carpet updos.


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7 Amazing Holiday Gifts For Every Woman In Your Life
7 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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Hair Chameleon: A Deeper Look at Demi Lovato's Various 'Dos
Hair Chameleon: A Deeper Look at Demi Lovato's Various 'Dos

Demi Lovato is a true hair chameleon, like we awarded her last year. The 21-year-old loves dying her locks regularly and she's not stopping anytime soon — though she will sometimes, apparently, rock her natural hue. Even when she's keeping it neutral color-wise, she is also always switching it up with a new cut or style.


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Google Now Has a New Domain for Latinos?
Google Now Has a New Domain for Latinos?

Yo soy Latina. But does that mean I need a new domain other than ".com"? According to Google, yes. The company has rolled out a new domain, .soy, for Latino users. But to some, the ending is confusing — is this a domain for vegans?!

 


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Oscar de la Renta: 25 Amazing Gowns By The Late Designer
Oscar de la Renta: 25 Amazing Gowns By The Late Designer

RIP Oscar de la Renta. The iconic designer was known for his evening wear and making women feel beautiful — and the proof is in the pictures. Take a look at some of his designs that stunned on the red carpet. As he once said, "I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes." That you did, Oscar. That you did.


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Man Confesses to Killing 39, Targeted Women Who Looked Like His Girlfriend
Man Confesses to Killing 39, Targeted Women Who Looked Like His Girlfriend

Well, this is terrible and terrifying. A Brazilian man has admitted to killing 39 individuals in three years, some of which he targeted because they looked like his girlfriend.

Tiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha, 26, refers to each person as a number.

MORE: Brazilian women have to submit pap smear results to teach in Sao Paolo?! 


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5 Rainy-Day Hairstyles That Still Look Flawless
5 Rainy-Day Hairstyles That Still Look Flawless

Rainy days mean two things: moisture and frizz. These styles are perfect for wet weather – and will become your go-to for any “bad” hair day. 

Plus, get simple ideas to for natural hair!


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Fashion Designer Johana Hernandez Talks Preparing for a Marathon & Losing 30 Pounds!
Fashion Designer Johana Hernandez Talks Preparing for a Marathon & Losing 30 Pounds!

Salvadoran fashion designer Johana Hernandez knows the power of dedication. Launching her fashion line GLAUDI — a favorite of stars like Paulina Rubio, Lucero, and Gloria Trevi — the Latina has shown that hard work can change anything.


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