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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