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.

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Best son ever? 

Joe Riquelme, the creator of the successful iPhone video editing app Videoshop, decided to give his parents the best Christmas gift by paying off their mortgage.


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This couple is seriously in love! After spending time in Hawaii for the holidays, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello also celebrated another important milestone: Joe's 38th birthday! 


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Well, this is definitely one way to celebrate the new year! Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Haddad, Cody Simpson and more shared a snap in Dubai as 2014 comes to a close


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Has a new baby put a strain on their relationship? OK! Magazine is reporting that new parents Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are "barely talking." 


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Is Victoria Secret headed to Puerto Rico? They just might be! Fox News Latino reports that the line is filming its 2015 bathing suit edition in several locations in Puerto Rico, and that a "Victoria's Secret Swimsuit Fashion Show" will be broadcast in 190 countries.


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