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
Well, guess that settles it. A judge has ordered Marc Anthony to pay ex-wife Dayanara Torres $26,800 a month in child support, reports Us Weekly. This comes after months of an ongoing court battle between the two.
Get the tissues ready! Dove's new ad highlights fathers and the role they play in their childrens' lives. Three quarters of dads say they are responsible for their child’s emotional well-being, while only 20 percent of dads see this role reflected in media. Crazy, right?
Watch the video below, then call your dad. Seriously. (Also, be sure to share your favorite father moments with @DoveMenCare #RealDadMoments!)
While we were super excited when Oscar Isaac joined the cast of the upcoming Star Wars film, our excitment has now doubled now that Lupita Nyong'o has joined! According to MTV, the "Mexi-Kenyan" actress will be joining the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII.
Latina women spend three times as much as non-Latinas on beauty products. (Seriously.) So it makes sense that many Latina celebrities are the face of some of our favorite beauty brands! See which famous faces lend theirs to these current beauty campaigns:
The Honest Company is coming to a Target near you. Jessica Alba's company -- which focuses on non-toxic, safe products for home and baby -- has locked down a deal with Target, with products available in June.
Even though Juan Pablo told America that he was excited to be out of the spotlight and have a "normal" relationship with Bachelor winner Nikki Ferrell, it seems he changed his mind. The controversial season 18 Bachelor (and the first Latino showrunner) is set to appear on VH1's Couples Therapy, E! News confirms.
Seriously, Jessica Alba is one hot mami. The Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star definitely flaunted her hot body for the movie, showcasing her amazing abs for a sexy poledance that was anything but PG.
But the mom of two, getting her body in shape takes discipline and hard work -- and unfortunately, no shortcuts.