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.

21 Latina Stars Who Look Great Without Makeup!
22 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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The 12 Best Dressed Stars of the Week!
The 12 Best Dressed Stars of the Week!

From Super Bowl parties to charity benefits, see which stars arrived in style:
PLUS: Fashion finds from your favorite celebs!


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Adrienne Bailon is Engaged!
Adrienne Bailon is Engaged!

Congrats are in order for Adrienne Bailon!

Our September cover star announced the news via Instagram, posing with her fiance Lenny Santiago. She captioned the pic: "YES! I will soon be Mrs. Lenny S."

MORE: Adrienne Bailon talks more about her relationship

 


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EXCLUSIVE: Fergie Talks Mexican Roots, Date Nights, and Remembering to Try on That V-Day Lingerie
EXCLUSIVE: Fergie Talks Mexican Roots, Date Nights, and Remembering to Try on That V-Day Lingerie

Fergie is a powerhouse. The performer not only rocks it on stage, but she gets to work behind the scenes as a designer and business woman – her newest fragrance with Avon, Outspoken Fresh by Fergie, which launches February 20th. Not only that, but she’s also a devoted wife and mom of little one-year-old Axl.


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8 of the Most Stunning Red Carpet Moments Ever
7 of the Most Stunning Red Carpet Moments Ever

Celebrities generally always glam it up for the red carpet. But some moments captured on film are truly magical. Lights, camera, action — take a look at some of the best red carpet shots.

PLUS: The best dressed celebs at the 2015 SAG Awards!


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EXCLUSIVE: Eva Longoria Talks Philanthropy, ‘Telenovela’ and Her Biggest Challenge
EXCLUSIVE: Eva Longoria Talks Philanthropy, ‘Telenovela’ and Her Biggest Challenge

Eva Longoria has always been vocal about issues, but the thing that differentiates Longoria from others is that she invests her time to the issues she truly cares about. She’s not just a celebrity who talks about things – she acts on them, and tries to learn even more in the process. To say it’s admirable is a bit of an understatement.


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Stacey Dash Apologizes For Those Rape Comments
Stacey Dash Apologizes For Those Rape Comments

Someone has changed her tune. After getting tons of backlash for basically blaming victims for their rapes, Fox News contributor and actress Stacey Dash is apologizing for her comments, saying she lead with a failed attempt at humor that then lead to a serious discussion on alcohol. 

MORE: Stacey Dash talks campus rape, calls victims "bad girls" who "like to be naughty"


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Galentine’s Day: 6 Ways to Celebrate
Galentine’s Day: 6 Ways to Celebrate

An important holiday is coming! No, we’re not talking Valentine’s Day. We’re talking Galentine’s Day. The holiday has become a bit of a joke-turned-reality, thanks in large part to Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler). In the show, on February 13 (the day before V-Day), Knope brings together her very best friends to celebrate female friendships over brunch (and delicious waffles) – leaving the boyfriends and husbands at home.


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Stacey Dash Makes Comments About Campus Rape, Calls Victims 'Bad Girls' Who 'Like to Be Naughty'
Stacey Dash Makes Comments About Campus Rape, Calls Victims 'Bad Girls' Who 'Like to Be Naughty'

We’re hoping this is some sort of playing Devil’s advocate thing, because lord have mercy. While co-hosting Fox News’ Outnumbered, the actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash said some things that a) were ridiculous and suffering from flawed logic and b) triggered a ton of backlash.


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Exclusive Outtakes: Gina Rodriguez's March 2015 Cover Shoot!
Exclusive Outtakes: Gina Rodriguez's March 2015 Cover Shoot!

Want more of our March 2015 cover star, Gina Rodriguez? Check out these exclusive quotes from her cover shoot and don't miss the rest of her interview on newsstands, February 10th!

PLUS: Gina Rodriguez's most inspiring quotes


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