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.

Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Says Minorities in America Need to Show Police More Respect
Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Says Minorities in America Need to Show Police More Respect

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro took to her show Justice to discuss, as she put it, Obama's lack of patrolling of black-on-black crime and his racial bias

"You see racism everywhere," the host stated. "Mr. President, you say we need trust between police and the African American community, police need to be sensitive to minority concerns."


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Olly Murs and Demi Lovato Tease Their 'Up' Collaboration
Olly Murs and Demi Lovato Tease Their 'Up' Collaboration

More music from Demi Lovato is heading your way. Collaborating with Brit singer Olly Murs on a song called "Up", Murs couldn't contain his excitement and shared a sneak peek of their music video via Instagram. 

"Sneaky clip of my video with @ddlovato as "this morning" didn't have time to play it.... #comingsoon," he captioned the clip. Watch it below!

 


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WATCH: Victoria Justice Goes After Serial Killer & Cyberstalker in 'Eye Candy' Teaser
WATCH: Victoria Justice Goes After Serial Killer & Cyberstalker in 'Eye Candy' Teaser

Victoria Justice is on a mission. In the new MTV series Eye Candy, Lindy (played by Justice) is going after a cyberstalking serial killer. 

MORE: Eye Candy gets premiere date

“He’s out there searching, following, killing. Call me obsessive, but I’m going to stop him,” Lindy says. “You can’t find a psychopath without being a little insane yourself. I know you’re watching me. Come and get me.”


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President Obama Hijacks 'The Colbert Report' in First Appearance
President Obama Hijacks 'The Colbert Report' in First Appearance

Has Stephen Colbert met his match? In his usual segment "The Word" (renaming it "The Decree"), Colbert gives Obama a prepared speech to read.

RELATED: Colbert mocks Fox News coverage of Latinos


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25 Stunning Photos of Selena Gomez
25 Stunning Photos of Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez has literally grown up in front of our eyes — and as the 22-year-old has changed, so has her style. Now, as a mainstay on the red carpet, the starlet has perfected her style and shown us all the fashionista she can be. Take a look at the 25 most stunning photos of Selenita


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The 11 Best Dressed Celebrities of the Week!
The 11 Best Dressed Celebrities of the Week!

Being a celebrity in the spotlight means all your fashion choices are up for discussion. Good news? These stars have all hit it out of the park. Here are the most stylish stars of the week:

PLUS: 25 style stars under 25


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The 25 Most Stylish Latinas Under 25
The 25 Most Stylish Latinas Under 25

Young Hollywood is no stranger to fashion trends — in fact, they're often the ones starting them. Best dressed lists are filled with estrellitas making their mark and showcasing their style in a big way — and Latina stars are no exception. See the 25 Latinas in Hollywood (under 25!) making fashion waves!

MORE: Holiday fashion trends that will make you shine.


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Disney Unveils New 'Frozen' Makeup Line!
Disney Unveils New 'Frozen' Makeup Line!

Frozen fans (or moms with daughters singing "Let It Go" all over the house), your dreams are coming true: Disney has unveiled a new Frozen makeup line, just in time for the holidays! 

MORE: Make your princess dreams come true with this Frozen wedding dress


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Selena Gomez Hints at Next Big Project on Instagram
Selena Gomez Hints at Next Big Project on Instagram

Selena Gomez is a big Instagram fan. So it makes sense that she would hint at her next big project via social media. Posting an Instagram of herself at a microphone, she wrote: "What the next four months will look like." 


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7 Gifts That Give Back
Make a Difference: 7 Gifts That Give Back

It’s Giving Back Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), a day dedicated to gifts that make a difference. Make sure your holiday presents are making an even bigger impact this year with these great picks: 
PLUS: Holiday gifts for the celebrity enthusiast!


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