Samantha Leal Senior Editor
Samantha Leal is the Senior 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.
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Latina women spend three times as much as non-Latinas on beauty products. (Seriously.) So it makes sense that many Latina celebrities are the face of some of our favorite beauty brands! See which famous faces lend theirs to these current beauty campaigns:
It's no secret that I'm a Starbucks fiend. In particular, I love anything with caramel. Or chocolate. Or, you know, sugar. Some people think coffee shouldn't taste like a pastry (hi, dad!) and don't get me wrong, I appreciate a cup of good strong coffee, but at 3 p.m. when I'm craving a caffeine and sugar fix, I want something that satisfies both. So for the longest time I've been enjoying Caramel Macchiatos. An espresso drink, the foamy delish drink features (obviously) caramel, espresso and milk.
Sofia Gonzalez is one funny lady. Graduating from The Groundlings School of Comedy, she's performed on theater stages in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and New York City, and is the founder of the Los Angeles based sketch comedy group The Gym Comedy. For her dedication, sense of humor and passion, Sofia is this week's Inspiring Latina!
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It’s almost over! The (probably) most controversial season of The Bachelor yet is down to the last episode, but America got to tune into a “Tell-All” where the contestants who were let go (or let Juan Pablo go) got a chance to tell their sides of the story, and Juan Pablo got a chance to clear the air. While the whole episode felt kind of icky (seriously, some of these girls are analyzing his thoughts and motivations when they were on the show for about 2.5 seconds), there were some highlights. Here are the top moments from the night:
For our new series on Latina.com, we’re giving you an inside look into the day-to-day lives of the Latina magazine staff – what they’re reading, what they’re doing and what they’re loving right now. This week’s day in the life comes from our Senior Editor for Latina.com, Samantha Leal. Here’s a look into her day:
Ay dios mio. The official Instagram account for the Academy Awards made an embarrassing mistake when they posted a picture of Robert De Niro and Penelope Cruz prepping backstage at the Oscars. The problem? They identified Cruz as “Hayek” – as in, Salma Hayek.
Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created Penelope Cruz's beauty look for the 2014 Oscars. Here's how to recreate the look at home!
The Oscars are where stars come to shine, and our stars were no exception. Camila Alves supported her husband Matthew McConaughey wearing a beautiful pale pink gown and simple makeup. Celebrity makeup artist Patrick de Fontbrune created her look using Votre Vu products.