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.

Jennifer Lopez on BET's 106 & Park
The 8 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

Whether attending a premiere or stopping by a talk show, our stars looked stunning and summery this week. Take a look at the most stylish stars: 


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My Bra Size is WHAT?! 10 Things You Need to Know About Getting Sized
My Bra Size is WHAT?! 10 Things You Need to Know About Getting Sized

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?


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Throwback: Watch Pitbull Rapping About AIDS in High School!
Throwback: Watch Pitbull Rapping About AIDS in High School!

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: 


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20 Latina Stars Who Look Great Without Makeup!
20 Latina Stars Who Look Great Without Makeup!

Who needs makeup? Fresh faced and gorgeous, these stars show off their true beauty -- sans foundation, mascara, or blush!

Check out these Latina celebrities with no makeup and tell us – which of these beauties is your favorite?


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Pantene Hits Home in New Ad That Confronts Women's Incessant Need to Apologize
Pantene Hits Home in New Ad That Confronts Women's Incessant Need to Apologize

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! 


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Border Patrol Union Makes Fun of Immigrant Children
Border Patrol Union Makes Fun of Immigrant Children

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:


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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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