Samantha Leal Deputy Editor

Samantha Leal is the Deputy 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.

Demi Lovato attends Cosmopolitan 'Fun, Fearless' Latina Awards
Demi Lovato Is the New Face of Skechers!

Demi Lovato has a new role to take on, and this time it's not on a stage. She's been named the new face of Skechers! 

"My generation grew up with Skechers," Lovato said in a release. "Now with all of their cool styles and fun colors I'm excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand's campaign with my Lovatics!"


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Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
Sarah Hyland on Sofia Vergara & Joe Manganiello: "They'd Make Really Hot Babies!"

She's just saying what we're all thinking! While attending the Dizzy Feet event in LA, Modern Family star Sarah Hyland dished to Us Weekly about her co-star's romance: "I think they are super hot together." 


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Shakira Has The Most Facebook Likes, Ever!
Shakira Has The Most Facebook Likes, Ever!

Talk about a huge feat! On Friday, Shakira became the first person ever to reach 100 million likes on Facebook. In other words? The Colombiana is the most likeable person on Facebook. 

"I am honored and humbled about reaching this milestone," Shakira, 37, said. "Social media and specifically Facebook has helped myself and other artists bridge the gap between the stage and the audience."


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Eva Longoria attends Global Gift Gala 2014
Eva Longoria Fundraises in Spain for U.S. Latino Community

Eva Longoria is committed to giving back. While vacationing in Marbella, Spain with relatives, the actress and activist organized and attended two charity events. The first, a charity golf tournament, was held on Saturday with proceeds benefitting Global Gift, an organization that brings together influencers and brands with philanthropic causes.

Longoria also attended the Global Gift gala on Sunday, which benefitted Global Gift, the Eva Longoria Foundation and the Bertin Osborne Foundation. 


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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson for 50 Shades of Grey
'Fifty Shades of Grey' Teaser Trailer Released by… Beyonce?

The teaser trailer for 50 Shades of Grey is here, released by none other than Beyonce. Why Beyonce? Well, her song "Crazy in Love" gets a sexy remake specifically for the film. Not only that, but a re-recorded version of her song "Haunted" also accompanied a release for theater owners and press at CinemaCon back in March. (We're smelling some involvement with the soundtrack... thoughts Bey?)

According to the clip, the real trailer will release on July 24th - just days away! Take a look below and let us know - are you excited for the film?


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Danny Trejo in Train's Angel in Blue Jeans music video
Danny Trejo and Train: The Collaboration You Never Saw Coming

Train's newest video for their single "Angel in Blue Jeans," stars an unlikely hero (anti-hero?): Danny Trejo. Also starring Hannah Simone (from Fox's The New Girl), the music video chronicles an old Western scene of sorts, with a sherriff, saloon, and a lip-synching Trejo. We're not really sure how Trejo got involved with this (seriously -- is there anything weirder than Danny Trejo singing Train lyrics?), but take a watch for yourself: 


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Get the Look: Alejandra Espinoza's Sultry, Beachy Look!
Get the Look: Alejandra Espinoza's Sexy Beach Makeup & Hair at Premios Juventud!

For last night's Premios Juventud, Mexican model and former Nuestra Belleza Latina Alejandra Espinoza wanted a natural, yet polished, look. Makeup artist Franz Munoz used warm colors on her, including a light plum liner on eyes, coral on cheeks to give the look of a natural flush, and soft rosy lips to give a bit of contrast with her sexy green ivory bathing suit cover-up dress. The final look was a beachy, yet very sophisticated and elegant.


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Get the Look: Becky G's Glam Look at Premios Juventud!
Get the Look: Becky G's Glam Look at Premios Juventud!

This was Becky G's second time at Premios Juventud, and this estrella is no newbie to the red (er... green) carpet. Going for a young-yet-sexy look, the singer and COVERGIRL got the glam treatment thanks to makeup artist Jessica Smalls. Here are all the secrets straight from the source to snagging Becky's look at home: 

Eyes: 


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Selena Gomez at the Ischia Global Festival
The 9 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

From the green carpet at Premios Juventud to the ESPYS in Los Angeles, our stars pulled out all the (stylish) stops this week. Take a look:


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Zoe Saldana wearing glasses
The Best Frames For Your Face Shape!

Buying new glasses isn’t just a quick errand – it’s an investment in your look. Whether you’re buying reading frames or glasses you’ll be wearing 24/7, one thing’s for certain: you want to look good. We got the scoop from Rennae King, the Senior Director of Product for LensCrafters, to break down the best frames for your shape. We also teamed up with Dr. Mark Jacquot, the Senior Director of Eye Care at LensCrafters to learn the best tips on improving the health of your eyes.


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