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
When I went in to get a bra sizing by the lingerie experts at Intimacy in New York, I was expecting a small change to the size I’m used to wearing. After all, I hadn’t been sized in about a year. But when the specialist told me my bra size, I was shocked. I didn’t even know you could be that far up the bra alphabet! And coming from a family full of busty women, I began to wonder about others’ sizes: If I’m that big, are other women walking around with Q-sized breasts?
This is probably the best thing you'll see all day. A video of Pitbull in high school has hit YouTube, showing the young performer rapping about AIDS. The rap features some real gems including: "Unlike Clinton, HIV is impeachless" and "bless yourself with a pack of latex." Everything about this is honestly brilliant. Our love for Pitbull is boundless. DALE!
Watch the magic happen below:
How many times have you apologized for just existing? Whether walking on the sidewalk or asking a question, women are constantly saying "I'm sorry." In a new ad, Pantene tackles the topic, showing different scenarios with women apologizing, then the same scenarios without the apology. The effect? The message is stronger, and no, no one is angry.
"Be Strong and Shine," is the tagline for the new vid, and it definitely hits home for many women. Watch below!
Real cool, border patrol. Not. In a tweet (that has since been deleted), the union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents seemed to mock immigrant children. The Huffington Post reports that the tweet was posted Saturday morning:
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!)