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.

Christina Milian in bikini
The 30 Sexiest Summer Bodies!

Summer will soon rear its hot head and we're more motivated than ever before to hit the gym! We've also got this group of Latina celebs whose bodies are fit and ready for summer - and whose swimsuits inspire us to do some major shopping.


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Paz Vega at the Cannes Film Festival
The 5 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

From red carpet premieres to foundation dinners, our stars looked incredible this week. Take a look at the best dressed!


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Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Partners With Target
Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Partners With Target

The Honest Company is coming to a Target near you. Jessica Alba's company -- which focuses on non-toxic, safe products for home and baby -- has locked down a deal with Target, with products available in June. 


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Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell attends the Moet & Chandon 'Tiny Tennis' With Roger Federer
Juan Pablo & Nikki Ferrell Heading to Reality Show 'Couples Therapy'

Even though Juan Pablo told America that he was excited to be out of the spotlight and have a "normal" relationship with Bachelor winner Nikki Ferrell, it seems he changed his mind. The controversial season 18 Bachelor (and the first Latino showrunner) is set to appear on VH1's Couples Therapy, E! News confirms.


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How Jessica Alba Got In Shape & Defined Her Abs for 'Sin City' Sequel!
How Jessica Alba Got In Shape & Defined Her Abs for 'Sin City' Sequel!

Seriously, Jessica Alba is one hot mami. The Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star definitely flaunted her hot body for the movie, showcasing her amazing abs for a sexy poledance that was anything but PG. 

But the mom of two, getting her body in shape takes discipline and hard work -- and unfortunately, no shortcuts. 


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WATCH: Marc Anthony Dances With 72-Year-Old Woman On Stage!
WATCH: Marc Anthony Dances With 72-Year-Old Woman On Stage!

Could this be any more adorable? While performing at the International Salsa Festival in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, a woman caught the eye of Marc Anthony -- and it wasn't his girlfriend Shannon de Lima. Nope, it was 72-year-old Doña Abdias, who he saw in the crowd and invited to the stage, reports the Huffington Post


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Stacey Dash arrives at the InStyle and Warner Bros. 67th Annual Golden Globes after party
Stacey Dash Is Now a Contributor For Fox News

It's official! Stacey Dash is now a contributor for Fox News, reports Us Weekly. The outspoken conservative will offer "cultural analysis and commentary across various daytime and primetime programs," Fox News executive vice president Bill Shine said in a statement.


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Chile Might Change One of the Most Restrictive Abortion Laws, Ever
Chile Might Change One of the Most Restrictive Abortion Laws, Ever

Chile might be reconsidering its stance in abortion. Currently, Chile is one of five countries in the world that punishable with prison time, even in the case of rape or when having a baby means the woman will die. It's been described as one of the strictest abortion laws in the world and was established in 1989. 


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12 Problems That Latinos Who Don’t Speak Spanish Have
12 Problems All Latinos Who Don't Speak Spanish Will Understand

“Yes, I am Latina. No, no habla español.” Sound familiar? Here, some of the biggest problems Latinos face when they admit they don’t speak Spanish. 


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Marc Anthony launches his Signature Collection at Kohl's
Why Marc Anthony Appreciates That His Father Told Him "You're Ugly"

Quite the revelation. Marc Anthony's father pulled no punches growing up, apparently telling the star as a young boy that his personality would be his saving grace -- not his looks.


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