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.
Latest from this author
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PLUS: 10 gifts you should never get a Latina.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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