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.
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"Sneaky clip of my video with @ddlovato as "this morning" didn't have time to play it.... #comingsoon," he captioned the clip. Watch it below!
Victoria Justice is on a mission. In the new MTV series Eye Candy, Lindy (played by Justice) is going after a cyberstalking serial killer.
“He’s out there searching, following, killing. Call me obsessive, but I’m going to stop him,” Lindy says. “You can’t find a psychopath without being a little insane yourself. I know you’re watching me. Come and get me.”
Has Stephen Colbert met his match? In his usual segment "The Word" (renaming it "The Decree"), Colbert gives Obama a prepared speech to read.
Selena Gomez has literally grown up in front of our eyes — and as the 22-year-old has changed, so has her style. Now, as a mainstay on the red carpet, the starlet has perfected her style and shown us all the fashionista she can be. Take a look at the 25 most stunning photos of Selenita:
Young Hollywood is no stranger to fashion trends — in fact, they're often the ones starting them. Best dressed lists are filled with estrellitas making their mark and showcasing their style in a big way — and Latina stars are no exception. See the 25 Latinas in Hollywood (under 25!) making fashion waves!
Frozen fans (or moms with daughters singing "Let It Go" all over the house), your dreams are coming true: Disney has unveiled a new Frozen makeup line, just in time for the holidays!
Selena Gomez is a big Instagram fan. So it makes sense that she would hint at her next big project via social media. Posting an Instagram of herself at a microphone, she wrote: "What the next four months will look like."
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