Samantha Leal Deputy Editor

Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor for, 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,, 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

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.

Eva Longoria for Latina October 2014
Exclusive Outtakes: Eva Longoria's October 2014 Cover Shoot!

Want more of our September 2014 cover star, Eva Longoria? Check out these exclusive quotes from her cover shoot and don't miss the rest of her interview on newsstands, September 9th!

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Jenni 'JWoww' Farley 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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Yaya DaCosta attends the 'Fed Up' premiere
5 Celebrity-Inspired Styles to Try for Natural Hair

Go ahead — switch up your look with these celebrity styles perfect for #naturalgirls.

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Gisele Bundchen breastfeeding
National Breastfeeding Month: 6 Things You Should Know About Feeding Your Bebé

August is National Breastfeeding Month, a campaign funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to bring awareness to the benefits of breastfeeding your baby. Are you doing the right thing by nursing your child — or not? Here’s everything Latinas need to know about the choice to breastfeed:

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Christina Aguilera at Wango Tango Pregnant
Christina Aguilera Gives Birth!

A new bundle of joy! Christina Aguilera and fiance Matt Rutler welcomed a baby girl on Saturday, August 16, Us Weekly confirms. This is the second child for the 33-year-old performer and the first of the couple. 

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5 Celebs Name Their Latina Beauty Inspirations!
5 Celebs Name Their Latina Beauty Inspirations!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder — but some celebrities agree that some of the most beautiful women are Latinas. (No surprise there!) So which stars have come clean about their beauty crushes? Take a peek:

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The 7 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!
The 7 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

This week was all about the teens (hello, Teen Choice Awards!) but some more grown-up and chic ensembles also made their way into this week's mix. Did your favorite celeb make the cut? See the most stylish stars:

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Raquel Dailey-Parham & Rebecca Dailey-Wooley
Inspiring Latinas: ‘Boriqua Chicks’ Bloggers Raquel Dailey-Parham & Rebecca Dailey-Wooley

These Chi-town hermanas are serious trailblazers, with a work ethic that’s hard to match. Not only did they launch, a lifestyle blog that highlights afro-Latino identity, but the two sisters have accomplished careers in a myriad of sectors.

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Amber Montana for Ugg
11 Celebrities Wearing UGG Boots!

UGG boots have definitely come a long way. What once seemed to be a fad has now given way to a range of styles. To many, however, the UGG classic boot remains the tried-and-true comfortable shoe that everyone loves -- including celebrities! See which of your favorite stars love their UGG boots:

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10 Latinas With a Fierce Cat Eye
Meow! The Best Celebrity Cat-Eyes

Who doesn't love a good cat eye? The elongating technique is perfect for any night out — and gives you a smoldering, sexy stare. Don't believe us? Take a look at these celebrities who have all embraced the look. Now, who's ready to try it at home?

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