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.

8 Latinas Who Have Represented COVERGIRL!
8 Latinas Who Have Represented COVERGIRL!

Easy, breezy, beautiful – COVERGIRL. The iconic brand has featured many a spokesmodel, but there are a few Latinas who have lent their names and faces. See who has been featured in campaigns:


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The 12 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!
The 12 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

From the Independent Spirit Awards to Vanity Fair's Oscars party, our stars looked gorgeous this week. Take a look at the most stylish picks:


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Coconut OIl
Viral Beauty Trend: Would You Ever Try Oil Pulling?

Break out the coconut oil! A trend has gone viral: oil pulling. So, what is oil pulling? It's taking about a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil (or sesame oil) and swishing it around in your mouth for 20 minutes, before spitting it out. The idea is that the oil is attracting bacteria and body toxins, leaving your teeth whiter, your gum and jaws healthier and less sensitive, and your overall health improved. 


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Vanilla Macchiato from Starbucks
Mmmm.... The New Vanilla Macchiato from Starbucks

It's no secret that I'm a Starbucks fiend. In particular, I love anything with caramel. Or chocolate. Or, you know, sugar. Some people think coffee shouldn't taste like a pastry (hi, dad!) and don't get me wrong, I appreciate a cup of good strong coffee, but at 3 p.m. when I'm craving a caffeine and sugar fix, I want something that satisfies both. So for the longest time I've been enjoying Caramel Macchiatos. An espresso drink, the foamy delish drink features (obviously) caramel, espresso and milk.


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Sketch Comedy Performer & Actor Sofia Gonzalez!
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Sketch Comedy Performer & Actor Sofia Gonzalez!

Sofia Gonzalez is one funny lady.  Graduating from The Groundlings School of Comedy, she's performed on theater stages in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and New York City, and is the founder of the Los Angeles based sketch comedy group The Gym Comedy. For her dedication, sense of humor and passion, Sofia is this week's Inspiring Latina!

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Chris Harrison and Juan Pablo on The Bachelor: The Women Tell All
Bachelor Tell-All Recap: Juan Was Not the One For Us

It’s almost over! The (probably) most controversial season of The Bachelor yet is down to the last episode, but America got to tune into a “Tell-All” where the contestants who were let go (or let Juan Pablo go) got a chance to tell their sides of the story, and Juan Pablo got a chance to clear the air. While the whole episode felt kind of icky (seriously, some of these girls are analyzing his thoughts and motivations when they were on the show for about 2.5 seconds), there were some highlights. Here are the top moments from the night:


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A Day in the Life of Latina Senior Editor Samantha Leal
A Day in the Life of Latina Senior Editor Samantha Leal

For our new series on Latina.com, we’re giving you an inside look into the day-to-day lives of the Latina magazine staff – what they’re reading, what they’re doing and what they’re loving right now. This week’s day in the life comes from our Senior Editor for Latina.com, Samantha Leal. Here’s a look into her day:


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Que?! The Academy Awards Confused Penelope Cruz for Salma Hayek
Que?! The Academy Awards Confused Penelope Cruz for Salma Hayek

Ay dios mio. The official Instagram account for the Academy Awards made an embarrassing mistake when they posted a picture of Robert De Niro and Penelope Cruz prepping backstage at the Oscars. The problem? They identified Cruz as “Hayek” – as in, Salma Hayek.


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Penelope Cruz at the 2014 Academy Awards
Get the Look: Penelope Cruz's Sultry Siren Vibe at the 2014 Oscars!

Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created Penelope Cruz's beauty look for the 2014 Oscars. Here's how to recreate the look at home!


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Penelope Cruz at the 2014 Academy Awards
The 10 Best Dressed at the Oscars!

From Lupita Nyong'o's custom Prada gown to Penelope Cruz's beautiful pale pink dress, we've got the best looks of the night! Which one took your breath away?


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