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.

Marc Anthony Ordered to Pay Ex-Wife $26,800 A Month in Child Support
Marc Anthony Ordered to Pay Ex-Wife $26,800 A Month in Child Support

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.


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Jessica Alba at the Guys Choice Awards
The 12 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

From premieres to award shows, our stars looked sexy, sophisticated and stylish! Take a peek at the best looks of the week:


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So Adorable! New Ad Shows All That Dads Really Do
So Adorable! New Ad Shows All That Dads Really Do

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!)


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Recreate 8 of Selena's Most Iconic Fashion Looks!
Recreate 8 of Selena's Most Iconic Fashion Looks!

Selena Quintanilla was a fashion icon, plain and simple. Continue her legacy in these look-alike items, inspired by the tejano singer’s fashion choices. ¡Viva Selena!


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Lupita Nyong'o Joins Cast of 'Star Wars'
Lupita Nyong'o Joins Cast of 'Star Wars'

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. 


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Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the Colcci show
14 Beautiful Celebrity Beauty Ambassadors!

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:


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Paz Vega at the Cannes Film Festival
The 5 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

From red carpet premieres to foundation dinners, our stars looked incredible this week. Take a look at the best dressed!


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Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Partners With Target
Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Partners With Target

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. 


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Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell attends the Moet & Chandon 'Tiny Tennis' With Roger Federer
Juan Pablo & Nikki Ferrell Heading to Reality Show 'Couples Therapy'

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.


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How Jessica Alba Got In Shape & Defined Her Abs for 'Sin City' Sequel!
How Jessica Alba Got In Shape & Defined Her Abs for 'Sin City' Sequel!

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. 


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