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.

WATCH: Bella Thorne Names Her 30 Under 30
WATCH: Bella Thorne Names Her 30 Under 30

Bella Thorne has been named one of our 30 Under 30, but we wanted to know her favorites in a fun word association game (all in 30 seconds). Play alongside the star and watch the video! 


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9 Gifts He’ll Actually Care About

Buying for guys is no easy feat — especially when it’s your hermano, papi, or novio. Here are some great ideas that he’ll actually appreciate:

PLUS: Latina editors reveal their holiday wish list! 


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WATCH: Pat Sajak Just Gives Up on This Round of 'Wheel of Fortune'
WATCH: Pat Sajak Just Gives Up on This Round of 'Wheel of Fortune'

Pat Sajak is done. Well, he was for a second anyway. In a round of Wheel of Fortune, the host walked off the set for a quick pause after everyone kept guessing something ridiculous. Watch to see what we mean!

PLUS: Puerto Rican Vanna White and other celebrities you didn't know were beauty queens


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Nikki Ferrell Confirms Split From Juan Pablo

It's officially over. While sources told several media outlets that Nikki Ferrell and The Bachelor's Juan Pablo had split, neither had commented — until now. 


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Aubrey Plaza Talks Grumpy Cat Movie: It's A Gift to America
Aubrey Plaza Talks Grumpy Cat Movie: It's A Gift to America

If you're not aware (shame on you), the famous Grumpy Cat is coming to the small screen thanks to Lifetime.

SEE: The search for the voice of Grumpy Cat

In "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever," the famous cat will be voiced by none other than Aubrey Plaza. She chatted with Jimmy Kimmel to talk about the film, which premieres on November 29. 


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Everything You Might Have Missed From Our Twitter Chat With Bella Thorne!
Everything You Might Have Missed From Our Twitter Chat With Bella Thorne!

Bella Thorne is all about connecting with fans, new and old. So what better way to do so (and celebrate being our December/January cover star!) than with a Twitter chat. If you missed out on all the fun, take a look below for our chat recap. What would you ask Bella if you could? Share in the comments.


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Ann Coulter Gives This Advice to Republicans Trying to Gain the Minority Vote: "Don't Suck Up"
Ann Coulter Gives Advice to Republicans Trying to Gain the Minority Vote: "Don't Suck Up"

Ann Coulter has a message for Republicans trying to woo the Hispanic and minority vote: stop sucking up. On an interview with "Huckabee," on Fox News, the pundit talked about immigration reform and the Latino vote, reports Huffington Post.


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Guy Spent $80K on Elaborate Proposal — She Said No
Guy Spent $80K on Elaborate Proposal — She Said No

Nothing says "I want to be with you forever," like a phone that will be outdated in less than a year. A man in Guangzhou, Southern China decided to propose to his girlfriend by making a heart out of iPhone 6s — 99 to be exact. The grand total of such a grand proposal? More than 500,000 yuan, or about $85,000. 

MORE: 8 celebrity proposal stories that will melt your heart


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Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Purchased Selena Gomez's House for 3.45 Million
Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Purchased Selena Gomez's House — See the Pics!

Can we be roommates? Iggy Azalea and boyfriend Nick Young recently purchased a house in the California Valley — Tarzana, to be exact — that belonged to Selena Gomez. The six-bedroom, seven-and-three-quarter bathroom house was bought for 3.45 million. The house features a separate guest suite, pool, built-in barbecue, fire pit and basketball court. 


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Miracle?! A Woman Who Had No Pulse for 45 Minutes After C-Section Is Alive
Miracle?! A Woman Who Had No Pulse for 45 Minutes After C-Section Is Alive

A woman who was without a pulse for 45 minutes following a cesarean section is now at home taking care of her new baby, reports Fox News Latino


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