Samantha Leal Senior Editor
Samantha Leal is the Senior 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
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A new study has shown a shift of Latinos identifying as "some other race," to "white." But according to Huffington Post writer Roque Planas, it's not quite as simple as attesting it to a matter of assimilation. It's really a matter of misunderstanding by non-Latino researchers, writers and a faulty Census classifying system.
Colombiana Designer Adriana Castro's exotic skin handbags have been seen on celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, the Kardashians, Shakira and Eva Longoria. But she's becoming a style star in her own right, launching ElDiariodelaModa.com, where she offers expert advice to women to creat and look fabulous. So it's no wonder Caress Body Wash has chosen her as a new Fabulista, joining the likes of Kelly Rowland to help spread her love of the product and of style.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is strongly against legalizing marijuana. But don't even ask him whether he's ever smoked pot before.
“If you say that you did, then suddenly there are people out there saying, ‘Well, it's not a big deal,’” the 43-year-old Republican told ABC’s Politics Confidential. “On the other side of it is if you tell people that you didn't, they won't believe you."
A special delivery, indeed! An 8-year-old girl helped her mother deliver her baby brother, after the mom went into labor at their home. The Tampa, Florida family found themselves in a crisis after mother Krystie Garcia had her daughter, Jazmine McEnaney, call 911 to send paramedics to their home after going into labor. The baby, however, didn't want to wait -- and tiny Jazmine had to help her mother through giving birth.
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