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.
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Family is everything. And no one holds that in more esteem than Stephanie Gallo, third generation of the Gallo family who works as the Vice President of Marketing for the E&J Gallo Winery, the world's largest family-owned winery and the largest exporter of California wine. The Nicaraguan and Italian first worked in sales at the company, before earning her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and using that to fuel her success at the winery.
If I had to describe this episode in one word it would be: tears. There were a lot of tears, a lot of cattiness and a lot of kissing (and not kissing, see below), to make one’s head spin. And Juan’s head did spin, trying to keep all the girls happy.
Chris Harrison begins telling the girls ominously, “there are 13 of you left, so congratulations, you’ve come a long way… but you still have a long way to go.” BUZZKILL CHRIS HAS ARRIVED.
Que bonita! Rocsi Diaz has partnered with mark's "10 to Watch" campaign, which highlights inspiring women making their "mark" in the world! The Honduran beauty graces the cover of Mark's magalog, sporting a fun purple eye look, created by mark's Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg.
The 2014 Grammys definitely had its highlights, and our Latino stars certainly made the list with their red carpet fashion. See the most stylish Latino stars of the night:
Instagram is one place where users love to show off their sense of style, and for 7-year-old Mia, it’s no different. The Miami cubanita was inspired by her tia Annie Vasquez, who runs TheFashionPoet.com, and is now known as “The Petite Poet” – showcasing her style in a section on Annie’s blog. As “Miami’s youngest fashion blogger,” Mia chooses all her outfits, and she loves brands like Zara and local Miami lines like TAudrey
What is beauty? Ten years ago, Dove discovered that only two percent of women thought they were beautiful. Based on that, Dove launched the Campaign for Real Beauty, to start conversations around beauty and what it means to truly be beautiful.
Ay, mi gente. Episode three is an interesting one, because this is the episode where things get more serious and everyone apparently forgets they’re on a reality show that they signed up for, stating such gems like “this process is weird,” “I don’t want a group date with all these girls,” and “my soul just wants to be left alone.” (Sorry, Sharleen, don’t you know that your contract mandates Chris Harrison feed on your soul if not picked? Mwahaha.)
It is mid January. Have you already fallen off the resolution wagon? Whether you promised yourself you’d date more, save more or eat healthier, we’ve got the simplest ways to get back on track so you don’t feel like you dropped the ball. (Seriously, these are so simple you’ll be wondering how you already got off track by January 4.)