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
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:
These Chi-town hermanas are serious trailblazers, with a work ethic that’s hard to match. Not only did they launch BoriquaChicks.com, a lifestyle blog that highlights afro-Latino identity, but the two sisters have accomplished careers in a myriad of sectors.
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:
Que?! Women in São Paulo, Brazil are now required to submit the results of a pap smear or a doctor's note proving their virginity before they can be hired.
The city's department of education says that the policy is put in place to prove that women are in good health and won't be taking long leaves of absence while employed, and that other governmental jobs have similar policies. (Again, we say: que?!)
Brazilian women, justifiably, are saying it's a huge invasion of privacy.
Noooooooo! This is seriously the stuff of nightmares and reality TV shows. A Brazilian woman searching for her long-lost mother ended up finding her — while also finding out she had inadvertently married her brother.
Didn't Selena Gomez look amazing at the Teen Choice Awards? Her smoldering cat-eye paired with her tailored Saint Laurent suit was a youthful take on a grown-up look. Keeping her hair sleek, celebrity stylist Lona Vigi shared how to get the look at home. Check it out: