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.
Latest from this author
Are you counting down the days like us? The new season of Orange is the New Black premieres on Netflix June 6, and we can't wait! We've already been given a quick teaser trailer of the second season, but new images have released that show us a little more. Netflix, you tease! Take a look at the images and then watch the teaser again (we know we've watched it quite a number of times...)
Depicting diversity hasn’t always been a top concern for ad agencies or the general public. (Heck, that’s the reason Latina magazine was founded in the first place). But as demographics change and lifestyles do, too, it’s become apparent to many that the people we see in the media we consume should reflect our society – because we’re all beautiful and human and worthy. Here are the best commercials highlighting and celebrating life as we know it. Bravo, brands.
Ay dios mio. In the course of writing these recaps I’ve learned three things:
1) Never assign yourself something fun because it will inevitably turn out to be a nightmare
2) A show like this is only fun to watch when you’re actually invested in a character’s outcome, er, I mean, person’s outcome and
3) There are a lot of crazy people out there.
Break out the coconut oil! A trend has gone viral: oil pulling. So, what is oil pulling? It's taking about a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil (or sesame oil) and swishing it around in your mouth for 20 minutes, before spitting it out. The idea is that the oil is attracting bacteria and body toxins, leaving your teeth whiter, your gum and jaws healthier and less sensitive, and your overall health improved.
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: