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.

Diego Boneta Selfies
Diego Boneta's Best Selfies Ever

Diego Boneta is one hot mexicano. The 23-year-old can act and sing — and we must admit — looks pretty good shirtless. Thankfully, he's happy to share his good looks with the world via his Instagram. Thank you Diego,  thank you. 

MORE: The 15 hottest Latino guys in their 20s.


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EXCLUSIVE: Fitness Guru Mankofit Talks Staying Motivated & Her Best Tips for the Holidays
EXCLUSIVE: Fitness Guru Mankofit Talks Staying Motivated & Her Best Tips for the Holidays

Fitness guru Massy Arias AKA Mankofit was honored at Latina's 30 Under 30 event, where she gave us the scoop on her best tips for the holidays and beyond.


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The Best Dressed Celebrities at the American Music Awards!
The Best Dressed Celebrities at the American Music Awards!

The American Music Awards are here! The awards show may be honoring the best music of the year, but we're honoring the best dressed on the carpet. Here's a look at the most stylish stars: 


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EXCLUSIVE: Melanie Iglesias Talks About Boyfriend Ryan Guzman: "He Blows Me Away"
EXCLUSIVE: Melanie Iglesias Talks About Boyfriend Ryan Guzman: "He Blows Me Away"

At Latina's 30 Under 30 event, the talented honoree Melanie Iglesias stopped by to chat about everything from her bucket list ("visit the Galapagos Islands") to boyfriend Ryan Guzman ("he's incredibly talented"). 


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Sony Might Reboot 'All in the Family' — With a Latino Cast
Sony Might Reboot 'All in the Family' — With a Latino Cast

Well, this could be interesting. According to Variety, All in the Family may see a new reboot — this time with an all Latino cast. 

MORE: TV shows you didn't know starred Latinos


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EXCLUSIVE: Rafael Meets Jane's Father on Monday's 'Jane the Virgin'
EXCLUSIVE: Rafael Meets Jane's Father on Monday's 'Jane the Virgin'

Get an exclusive sneak peak of Monday's Jane the Virgin episode!


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The 19 Best Dressed Stars of the Week!
The 19 Best Dressed Stars of the Week!

Award shows, movie premieres, charity galas — it’s just another day in the life of a Hollywood celebrity. See the stars who showed off their amazing style this week:

PLUS: The best dressed celebs at the Latin Grammys!


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WATCH: Americans Taste Dorito Flavors From Around The World
WATCH: Americans Taste Dorito Flavors From Around The World

Cause some Doritos flavors ARE better than others.


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Iggy Azalea & J.Lo to Perform 'Booty' at AMAs, Told There Will Be "No Rubbing"
Iggy Azalea & J.Lo to Perform 'Booty' at AMAs, Told There Will Be "No Rubbing"

Seems those behind the American Music Awards are covering their own butts when it comes to complaints.


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EXCLUSIVE: Demian Bichir Responds to Obama's Immigration Executive Action
EXCLUSIVE: Demian Bichir Responds to Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

Obama's immigration executive action has already made waves, and many are speaking out on the historic decision. Demian Bichir, the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Immigrants Rights, has released a statement exclusively to Latina. Read it all below:


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