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.

MAC Cosmetics Has Partnered With Isabel & Ruben Toledo and It's Awesome
MAC Cosmetics Has Partnered With Isabel & Ruben Toledo and It's Awesome

Good news, mi gente! Fashion duo Isabel and Ruben Toledo are coming to a MAC counter near you. The Cuban-American designer and illustrator hubby are launching a cosmetics collection on February 5th, and you can expect their signature vibrant colors and eye-catching illustrations to mesmerize. 

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Showtime Reporter Assumes Boxer Doesn't Speak English
Showtime Reporter Assumes Boxer Doesn't Speak English

Awkward. Fidel Maldonado, Jr. took on Amir Imam in the TV opening fight in Las Vegas that aired on Showtime, before the Wilder-Stiverne main match. After Maldonado lost to Amam (in a powerful showdown), Showtime reporter Jim Gray went to interview the fighter. After asking his question, however, he pointed the microphone to a Spanish translator.

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The 20 Best Dressed Stars of the Week!
The 20 Best Dressed Stars of the Week!

From Golden Globes after parties to the Critics’ Choice Awards, our stars sure had a busy awards week. Feast your eyes on the most stylish set to hit the red carpet:
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Pantsuits are the New Party Dress: 6 Ways to Rock Them
Pantsuits are the New Party Dress: 6 Ways to Rock Them

Forget the gown – it’s all about the pants. Need proof? At the Golden Globes, both Lorde (in custom Narciso Rodriguez) and Emma Stone (in Lanvin) rocked pantsuits, and earned some serious fashion credit. So how do you jump on rocking pants to your next special occasion? We’ve got you. 
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7 Problems Busty Chicas Know All Too Well
7 Problems Busty Chicas Know All Too Well

Pro: cleavage. Con: nothing fits, it hurts to run, seatbelts... the list goes on and on. Here, 10 problems all Latinas with big boobs can relate to.

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10 Beauty Terms You Need to Know in 2015
10 Beauty Terms You Need to Know in 2015

Beauty trends might come back into vogue after a couple of seasons, but that doesn’t mean the terminology stays the same! It’s time to bring your beauty vocab into the new year. Here are the terms you need to know, because you can’t afford to be out of touch when it comes to your look:

PLUS: Beauty resolutions to make for the new year.


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Jeremy Renner Inappropriate Comment About J.Lo
Jeremy Renner Makes Inappropriate Comment About J.Lo

Um, well that got awkward. Jennifer Lopez and actor Jeremy Renner were paired together to present awards at the Golden Globes. After announcing the nominees for their last award they were to hand out, J.Lo asked Renner if he wanted to open the envelope. Renner pointed to J.Lo, with J.Lo responding: "Yeah, I've got the nails" — meaning she could open the envelope.


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The Best Dressed Celebrities at the Golden Globes!
The Best Dressed Celebrities at the Golden Globes!

The 72nd annual Golden Globes are here! And while we know the nominees are excited about those golden statues, we might be more excited about the red carpet fashion. See the best dressed stars of the night: 


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National Hot Toddy Day: Warm Up With a Tequila Cocktail!
National Hot Toddy Day: Warm Up With a Tequila Cocktail!

Baby, it's seriously cold outside. What better way to warm up than with a cocktail (or two)? Milagro Tequila has created a delectable hot cocktail to warm you up this winter! Just in time for National Hot Toddy Day (January 11th), the Milagro Hot Toddy packs the heat with spices such as cinnamon and clove, and adds some sweetness with a bit of agave nectar, a perfect balance of flavor!


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

From walking the red carpet at the People’s Choice Awards to celebrating a successful business launch, our stars looked amazing this week. Take a look at the most stylish set:
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