Samantha Leal Senior Editor

Samantha Leal is the Senior 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.

Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Short and Curly Hair
#CurlyHairDontCare! Jennifer Lopez Shows Off a Short New 'Do

Que linda! Jennifer Lopez showed off her naturally curly hair in an Instagram selfie. She captioned the photo: ""Wheels up!! Next stop LA... #curlyhairdontcare #myNYlook #gonnamissNY #greatvacation #backtowork"

The boricua has been on the east coast for the past couple of weeks, including celebrating her birthday with friends. Now it seems the performer is heading back to the land of angels.

We say: wear your hair curly more often, J.Lo! We love it.

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Adrienne Bailon Latina magazine cover shoot video
Adrienne Bailon: Behind the Scenes at Her Latina Cover Shoot!

Grab a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Adrienne Bailon's September 2014 Latina cover, officially on newsstands, Nook & Kindle Fire August 12, 2014! Don't miss exclusive interviews, outtakes, and more at

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Lupita Nyong'o is honored by Sally Morrison & LoveGold
Lupita Nyong'o Gives Her Best Beauty Advice & Reveals Her Favorite Product!

Lupita Nyong'o is beautiful. In fact, it was confirmed by People, who named her the Most Beautiful Person. So when she's asked about her favorite products and beauty advice, you don't just listen, you write it down! The star recently revealed a couple of her favorites to ELLE. Her new product obsession? Lip liner. 

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Exclusive Outtakes From Adrienne Bailon's September 2014 Cover Shoot!
Exclusive Outtakes From Adrienne Bailon's September 2014 Cover Shoot

Want more of our September 2014 cover star Adrienne Bailon? Check out these exclusive quotes from her cover shoot and don't miss the rest of her interview on newsstands August 12!

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Selena Gomez at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest
The 8 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

Whether hitting the red carpet for a film festival or supporting a great cause at a charity gala, our stars looked amazingly beautiful this week! Take a look at the most stylish picks. Which is your favorite?

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Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego attend the Opening Ceremony dinner during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Zoe Saldana Admits She Planned Her Wedding in Three Weeks

When you know, you know! Zoe Saldana cleared the air when it came to her whirlwind romance with husband Marco Perego. In the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the actress revealed that while she met her husband only a few months before getitng married, she's "known" him for much longer.

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Selena Gomez in Saint Tropez
Selena Shows Major Skin While Out With Cara Delevigne

Que linda! Selena Gomez attended Leonardo DiCaprio's Foundation Gala in St. Tropez, a benefit that raised over $25 million for the foundation that works to protect wildlife around the globe.

The 22-year-old hopped off a boat in a gown featuring a high-slit, with matching heels. She finished the look by pulling back her hair and going for a smokey eye look. 

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6 Facts About Tequila That Change Everything!
6 Facts About Tequila That Change Everything

Tequila, oh how we love you. But did you know that in order to be called “tequila,” a drink must meet certain characteristics – by law?! Yep, it’s true. But that’s not the only thing you never knew about tequila. Here are six facts about the Mexican liquor that you never knew:

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Eva Longoria attends the 'Saint Laurent' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Eva Longoria Says Way We're Handling Border Crisis Is "Un-American"

Eva Longoria has always been forthright with her opinions on political issues, and this time is no different. While the border crisis continues, Eva Longoria took to the stage at the National Council of La Raza's Award Gala, where she was being honored for her activism, to talk frankly about the influx of migrant children.

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Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey ride horses in Mexico on their honeymoon
6 Reasons to Be Jealous of Naya Rivera & Ryan Dorsey's Honeymoon in Mexico

Congratulations to Naya Rivera! The Glee star has tied the knot to longtime friend (turned partner) Ryan Dorsey. After saying "I do" in front of close family and friends, the couple enjoyed their honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Take a peek at their sweet time together:

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