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.

Bachelor Recap: Will He Ever Find His Juan True Love?
Bachelor Recap: Will He Ever Find His Juan True Love?

Oh lord. Just when you thought Juan Pablo had done his worst by basically shaming a girl after their ocean sexytime from last week’s episode, things get even sadder (who knew it was possible!). He even sends a girl home ON THE WORST DAY POSSIBLE. But more on that later….


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10 Gifts You’ll Definitely Want for Valentine’s Day

No, Valentine’s Day isn’t all about the gifts – but getting one you love wouldn’t hurt. Do your spouse a favor (and spare him from trying to read your mind!) by giving him a few ideas: 


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The 12 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

From galas to charity events, our Latina stars looked amazing this week. Take a peek at the most stylish stars:


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Coca Cola America the Beautiful Super Bowl commercial
Tweets Attack Multilingual Coca Cola Commercial

The amount of uproar a Coca Cola Super Bowl commercial has caused is enough to make us question our sanity. The commercial depicts scenes from everyday life–with families and friends–with many voices singing "America the Beautiful." The twist? The song is sung in different languages, highlighting the diversity in this country we call home.

But some felt the need to bash the commercial, taking to twitter to voice their outrage. The hashtags #SpeakAmerican, #BoycottCoke and #fuckcoke all started trending mere moments after the commercial aired. 


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Laura Ingraham: English is "In Decline" Because of Mexicans
Laura Ingraham: English is "In Decline" Because of Mexicans

Ay, another day, another ridiculous statement to justify intolerance and mislead the public. Laura Ingraham, a right-wing pundit and Fox News contributor, is apparently operating under the belief that Mexican immigrants are looking to reclaim the western United States, wiping out any signs of English left in their wake. 


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The 12 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!
The 12 Best Dressed Latina Stars of the Week!

Our stars killed it this week! Whether supporting charity events, showing up for TV appearances or paying tribute to other legends in the industry, this week was definitely a week with amazing fashion. See the most stylish stars:


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Gallo Winery Vice President of Marketing Stephanie Gallo!
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Gallo Winery Vice President of Marketing Stephanie Gallo!

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.


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Juan Pablo with Cassandra and Kat on The Bachelor
Bachelor Recap 4: Juan Huge Mistake

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.


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Get the Look: Rocsi Diaz in Mark's "10 to Watch" Campaign
Get the Look: Rocsi Diaz in Mark's "10 to Watch" Campaign

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. 

Eyes:


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The 6 Best Dressed Latinos at the 2014 Grammy Awards!
The 6 Best Dressed Latinos at the 2014 Grammy Awards!

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:


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