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
The entertainment industry is known for young celebrities having a hybrid in their lives: the momager. Part parent, part manager, the roles can work to have the best interest of the star in mind -- but it can also lead to strained relationships and bad decisions. Now it seems Selena Gomez, 21, is ready for a new change of pace, as she drops the "manager" from her parents' titles.
J.Lo always looks flawless. So it's always a bit of a surprise to see her in a questionable style or sillhouette. Case in point? This interesante 80s hairstyle that she wore on last night's American Idol episode. To be fair: it was an 80s episode, where contestants belted out tunes that fit the theme. But we're still unsure whether we're feeling it. On the plus side, there was one hairdo (or don't, depending on your take) that outshined Lopez's: Keith Urban rocked a mullet.
What do you think of J.Lo's hair? An 80s 'do or a forever don't?
She can't seem to quit him. Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were seen reuniting in a Miami studio on Tuesday, April 8, reports Us Weekly. Bieber, 20, held open the door for Gomez, 21, both wearing super-casual clothing.
Omgee. Nicole Gonzalez is a mommy blogger -- and a pretty new one at that. Starting her blog "Lillies and Leon" almost a year ago, the New York mami chronicles her life with her husband and her little boy: Lucas Léon. But the blog isn't her only outlet -- her Instagram has us falling in love! The niño is so cute, we can't get enough (and neither can her almost 10K followers). Take a look at these adorable posts and see more at Instagram.com/LilliesandLeon!
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:
Que linda! Lupita Nyong'o has been named the newest brand ambassadress for Maison Lancome, joining Penelope Cruz, Lily Collins, Kate Winslet, Daria Webowy, and Julia Roberts. The 31-year-old Mexican-born, Kenyan actress (or as Lupita says: "a Mexi-Kenyan") is excited for her new role:
Ah, love. After going public with their relationship at a Knicks game, Michelle Rodriguez and model Cara Delevingne were spotted making out in Cancun, Mexico.
The 21-year-old model and 35-year-old actress enjoyed splashing in water and being together under the sun. The model also went topless, avoiding tanlines and giving the photographers a show.
In the show Friends with Better Lives, Majandra Delfino gets to tackle the age-old question that many deal with: is the grass truly greener on the other side? The 33-year-old mother of two, who was born in Venezuela to a Cuban mother and Venezuelan father, stars alongside James Van Der Beek, Kevin Connolly and Brooklyn Decker in the new CBS comedy.