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.

Selena Gomez with bangs
The 13 Cutest Latina Celebrity Bang Hairstyles

These celebrities look bangin'! These stars know that some serious fringe can definitely make a statement and is an easy way to update your look. We’ve chosen the best looking bunch of bangs. Take a peek:


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10 Celebrity Beauty Lines You’ll Want to Try
10 Celebrity Beauty Lines You’ll Want to Try

Celebrities are known for their red carpet style and beauty looks, but these stars have taken it to a whole new level by launching their own beauty lines. See which of your favorite stars have entered the beauty biz:


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21 Latina Stars Who Look Great Without Makeup!
21 Latina Stars Who Look Great Without Makeup!

Who needs makeup? Fresh faced and gorgeous, these stars show off their true beauty -- sans foundation, mascara, or blush!


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

New York Fashion Week was in full swing this week, so it’s no surprise stars were dressed to impress.  Take a look at some of the most stylish: 


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Jennifer Lopez performs at Fashion Rocks
See J.Lo's New Hair & The Secret to Her Style

Jennifer Lopez took the stage at Fashion Rocks and killed it performing "Booty," but she wasn't the only thing shining that night. Her hair was, too! So what's the secret behind her shiny mane? 


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Eva Longoria at LAX airport
The Lazy Chica’s Guide to Looking Good Even When Dressed Down

We get it: some days it’s all about comfort over style. Getting kids to school, running through an airport, or hitting up the grocery store is about accomplishing a checklist – not walking a runway. But dressing down doesn’t have to mean looking a mess. Take a lesson from these celebs and look good even when wearing sweats. (Yes, it’s possible.)


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Dascha Polanco at the Tracy Reese NYFW fashion show
EXCLUSIVE: Dascha Polanco Talks Fashion Week, Growing Up in Brooklyn & Her New 'Do!

Dascha Polanco has been a New York Fashion Week social butterfly, making her way around the tents and taking in all of the shows.

Our Favorite Latinas Hit New York Fashion Week!


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Bobby Cannavale at the Emmy Awards
New York Fashion Week Skit Spoofs Fashion World

There's nothing better than a sense of humor. And fashion duo behind the line Opening Ceremony proved just that when they spoofed the New York Fashion Week scene in their NYFW show.

In the play "100 Percent Lost Cotton," directed by Spike Jonze, and written by Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim poked fun at the fashion industry and the stresses of fashion week. 


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Jennifer Lopez attends the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies Luncheon
WATCH: The Trailer For 'The Boy Next Door' Is Here!

Creepy! The trailer for thriller The Boy Next Door is here, and it does not disappoint. The flick, which stars Ryan Guzman and Jennifer Lopez, takes a look at a high schooler (Guzman) who becomes increasingly obsessed with his teacher and next door neighbor (Lopez) after a one-time fling. 


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