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
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:
Thanks, Hollywood. For as many strides as Latinos (and specifically, Latinas) are making on the screen, it seems like not much has changed.
You guys, I've seen the light. As a single New Yorker, I find myself ordering takeout and eating snacks as "meals," more times than I really care to admit. (Okay -- all the time.) That is, until I found out about Blue Apron. The company is slowly and surely teaching me some things in the cocina, and it's resulting in some delish meals and Instagram-worthy foodie photos. Sorry, I'm one of those people.
So many things wrong with this: a Taco Bell has filed a suit against her store, alleging that she was fired for hiring Latino workers. Juanita O’Connell, a 60-year-old employee who is of Mexican descent herself, has worked at the company since 1987.
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.
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 latina.com/adrienne