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.

Denim on Denim: 8 Celebs Who Have Rocked the Canadian Tux
Denim on Denim: 8 Celebs Who Have Rocked the Canadian Tux

Denim on denim, also known as “the Canadian tuxedo,” is a definite trend – and celebrities are not exempt. These stars have all embraced the full-on jean ensembles. Take a look at these denim lovers:


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Justin Bieber Has a Champagne Date in Paris With Kendall Jenner?
Justin Bieber Has a Champagne Date in Paris With Kendall Jenner?

Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner were spotted out together — but it's not what you think. The two friends were seen meeitng up for dinner and champagne in Paris at Ferdi restaurant, as they were both in town for Paris Fashion Week, reports Us Weekly


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P. Diddy Talks About J.Lo's Booty — See What He Said!
P. Diddy Talks About J.Lo's Booty — See What He Said!

Nothing but high praises for Miss Booty herself! Jennifer Lopez, who has been flaunting her backside a lot recently in support of her new single, definitely left an impression on her ex P. Diddy. Dating for two years in 1999, the mogul got quite the praise for her assets and more when he visited Access Hollywood Live


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Shakira Launches a New Fragrance With Rockin' Ad
Shakira Launches a New Fragrance With Rockin' Ad

Shakira has released a new ad for her latest fragrance, Rock! by Shakira, and it's definitely got some edge. The spot shows Shakira rockin' out on a rooftop as adoring fans dance below her.

The fragrance, which comes in a bottle reminiscent of a star or electric guitar, features notes of passionfruit, lemon, jasmine and orange blossom. Watch the spot below and let us know: will you be buying? 

 


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13 Monthly Subscription Boxes That Are Definitely Worth Your Money
13 Monthly Subscription Boxes That Are Definitely Worth Your Money

There are a ton of monthly subscription boxes out there, where for a set amount you get a package of awesome goodies delivered right to your door. But which ones are really worth the money? Here are some of the best you can buy.


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EXCLUSIVE: Adrienne Bailon Talks About Making the Hollywood Hot List, Eva Longoria & Being a 'Scandal' Fan!
EXCLUSIVE: Adrienne Bailon Talks About Making the Hollywood Hot List, Eva Longoria & Being a 'Scandal' Fan!

Adrienne Bailon was not only our September cover star, but she is also one of the celebs who made our Hollywood Hot List! Watch her response and what she thinks about October cover star, Eva Longoria.


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Eva Longoria, Zoe Saldana, Jane Fonda and Blake Lively Have Teamed Up For This Campaign
Eva Longoria, Zoe Saldana, Jane Fonda and Blake Lively Have Teamed Up For This Awesome Campaign

Que bonita! A new ad from L'Oreal Paris has some serious beauties sporting red lipsticks, and we're in love. With everyone from Eva Longoria to Zoe Saldana to Jane Fonda posing in all-white ensembles, the emphasis is on the red lips from the Collection Exclusive Pure Reds.


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Jennifer Lopez and Gina Rodriguez
Meet the Stars of Latina’s Hollywood Hot List!

Trailblazers, icons and new kids on the block: when it came to making our culture pop this year, these Latino stars made the honor roll. Take a look at Latina’s 2014 Hollywood Hot List!


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Selena Gomez with bangs
The 13 Cutest Latina Celebrity Bang Hairstyles

These celebrities look bangin'! These stars know that some serious fringe can definitely make a statement and is an easy way to update your look. We’ve chosen the best looking bunch of bangs. Take a peek:


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