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.

The 8 Best Dressed Stars of the Week!
The 8 Best Dressed Stars of the Week!

From charity galas to movie premieres, celebrities took to the carpet and readied themselves for the cameras—but some shined a little brighter than others. Take a look at the best dressed stars of the week.
PLUS: The best dressed celebrities at the SAG Awards!


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13 Signs You’re a Side Chick
13 Signs You’re a Side Chick

Could you be the other woman? No one ever wants to be an opening act when they could be a main event – but how do you know? These signs are surefire signals you’re not his or her main squeeze. 
PLUS: 10 bizarre facts about cheating


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Camila Alves’ Best Red Carpet Looks
Camila Alves’ Best Red Carpet Looks

Camila Alves is more than just Mrs. McConaughey—she's a mom of three, host and a red carpet pro. The Brazilian beauty always looks flawless on the red carpet and it makes sense—as a model and designer looking good is kind of her expertise. Take a look at the 33-year-old's best looks:
PLUS: How to get Camila's look from the 2015 SAG Awards!


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The Best Dressed Celebrities at the SAG Awards!
The Best Dressed Celebrities at the SAG Awards!

Wowza. The SAG Awards were this past weekend, where amazing performances are recognized in film and television. While some of our favorites took home amazing awards (including Orange is the New Black and Birdman), some of the real breakout moments took place on the red carpet. Take a look at the most stunning looks of the night:


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Excuse Me? QVC Insults Model's Natural Hair
Excuse Me? QVC Insults Model's Natural Hair

Um, what? Two QVC hosts insult a model's natural hair as she held and modeled a Dooney & Bourke handbag. As the woman appears on screen with the bag, one of the hosts says, "You might look back and think, 'Why did I wear my hair like that?' but you'll like your bag still!'" the host laughs. The other hosts agrees, "That's right."

The first host continues: "You won't look at your hair in the picture, you'll look at your handbag." The model clearly has a moment of realization, before she switches back into "model mode" and continues on.


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Color Evolution: Nicole Richie’s Ever-Changing ‘Dos
Color Evolution: Nicole Richie’s Ever-Changing ‘Dos

Nicole Richie has recently dyed her hair from purple to blue to indigo, and now, pink. And yet, she somehow pulls each color off – and not only that – she makes us reach for the box of dye ourselves. Take a look at her color changes throughout the years and let us know: Which look is your favorite?
PLUS: Demi Lovato earns her "hair chameleon" title!


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What Does Curvy Actually Mean?
What Does Curvy Actually Mean?

Curvy. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition is: “having a well-proportioned feminine figure.” Also known as being shapely, statuesque, and well-endowed. But has the word lost its meaning?


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Jennifer Lopez Flaunts Cleavage for Complex: "Am I Not Allowed to Be Sexy Because I'm a Mom?"
Jennifer Lopez Flaunts Cleavage for Complex: "Am I Not Allowed to Be Sexy Because I'm a Mom?"

Holy hotness! J.Lo shows off her amazing body on the cover of Complex magazine for their February/March 2015 issue, and did we mention she looks amazing? Seriously, does she age?!


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What It’s Really Like to Grow Up Poor
What It’s Really Like to Grow Up Poor

My family doesn’t come from a lot of money. And I don’t say that as someone who actually does and who is just trying to be humble. Free summer lunches, ramen noodles (hello, 5/$1) and hand-me-downs were a part of my daily reality.


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Fergie Opens Up About the Secret to Her Marriage With Josh Duhamel
Fergie Opens Up About the Secret to Her Marriage With Josh Duhamel

What's the secret to lifelong happiness? The answer just might be therapy.

In the February issue of Allure, Fergie opens up about her 10 year relationship and marriage with Josh Duhamel, including their willingness to go to therapy to keep things working. The songstress and actor attend sessions together.


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