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
When you know, you know! Zoe Saldana cleared the air when it came to her whirlwind romance with husband Marco Perego. In the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the actress revealed that while she met her husband only a few months before getitng married, she's "known" him for much longer.
Que linda! Selena Gomez attended Leonardo DiCaprio's Foundation Gala in St. Tropez, a benefit that raised over $25 million for the foundation that works to protect wildlife around the globe.
The 22-year-old hopped off a boat in a gown featuring a high-slit, with matching heels. She finished the look by pulling back her hair and going for a smokey eye look.
Tequila, oh how we love you. But did you know that in order to be called “tequila,” a drink must meet certain characteristics – by law?! Yep, it’s true. But that’s not the only thing you never knew about tequila. Here are six facts about the Mexican liquor that you never knew:
Eva Longoria has always been forthright with her opinions on political issues, and this time is no different. While the border crisis continues, Eva Longoria took to the stage at the National Council of La Raza's Award Gala, where she was being honored for her activism, to talk frankly about the influx of migrant children.
Congratulations to Naya Rivera! The Glee star has tied the knot to longtime friend (turned partner) Ryan Dorsey. After saying "I do" in front of close family and friends, the couple enjoyed their honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Take a peek at their sweet time together:
New man, new 'do? Michelle Rodriguez posted a selfie on her Instagram account, showing off her new bangs. The caption is a little less than clear: ""Finally got my hair bid. New Look New Life New Vibe washed yesterday right out of my hair looking forward baby," she wrote. We guess she's moving on and thinking positively!
If you’ve never heard of TED Talks, here’s what you need to know: influencers, academics and all-around smarty pants give speeches (usually under 20 minutes) that are designed to be “ideas worth spreading.” The nonprofit hopes to shape new ideas and thinking around a myriad of different topics and industries – and help audience members rethink they way they see the world. Here are 5 amazingly brilliant talks every Latina should watch:
Don't let the body fool you: if Jessica Alba had her way, she'd never be in a gym. "I hate working out," the 33-year-old spilled to Self magazine. "It's boring!"
"I really only did it when I had a job that was physically demanding," she continued. "But from age 17 until I was 27, all I did were movies that were physically demanding -- so all I did was work out all the time!"