Samantha Leach

Samantha Leach is the Associate Director, Special Projects for Bustle and NYLON. She writes cover stories, celebrity profiles, and cultural criticism. In her tenure at BDG, she’s interviewed everyone from Charlie Puth to Tina Brown.

Previously, the Pitzer College graduate spent three years on the features team at Glamour and severed as a production assistant on the Netflix documentary, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Her work has also appeared in New York magazine, Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, as well as many other publications.

Her debut book, The Elissas, was published in June 2023 and was heralded by the New York Times as a, “Smart and gripping debut [in which] Leach refreshes a familiar heartbreak by weaving the stories of these three lost young women into a larger, more complicated and ultimately tragic narrative of a nation not so much losing the war on drugs as on a death march every bit as doomed as the last battles in Sparta.”

Bustle Book Club

Reality TV Gets The Prestige Treatment In Emily Nussbaum's New Book

Cue the Sun! explores the cultural impact of the much-maligned genre.

By Samantha Leach

Smell You Later

Meet The Sniffly Women Struggling Through Peak Fragrance

Perfume has never been more popular, and allergies have never been more common.

By Samantha Leach

Bustle Book Club

To Write Her New Novel, Rufi Thorpe Dove Deep Into OnlyFans

Margo’s Got Money Troubles follows a new mom who earns a living through virtual sex work.

By Samantha Leach

Stepping Out

Who Can Resist West Wilson?

His affable, in-on-the-joke sensibility has made him a breakout star of Bravo’s Summer House.

By Samantha Leach

Entertainment

How To Get Laid, According To Luann De Lesseps

The Countess is one of the great daters of reality television. Can she help us through the sex recession?

By Samantha Leach

Bustle Book Club

Honor Levy Doesn’t Want To Make You Angry

Though the author is known for stirring the pot, her debut approaches difficult subjects with empathy.

By Samantha Leach

Curtain Call

'Merrily We Roll Along' Star Lindsay Mendez Takes Bustle Backstage

The actor was nominated for a Tony Award, as were co-stars Jonathan Groff and Daniel Radcliffe.

By Samantha Leach

Bustle Exclusive

Paris Hilton Is Taking On The Troubled-Teen Industry

As a child, the heiress witnessed the industry’s horrors firsthand. Now, she’s fighting back.

By Samantha Leach

Pura Vida

Why I’m Trading Coachella For W Presents

W Hotels’ global concert series pairs the fun of music festivals with the comfort of a swanky hotel.

By Samantha Leach

The Hot Seat

Scheana Shay Doesn’t Care If You Don’t Like Her

The Vanderpump Rules star opens up about the show’s best and worst moments.

By Samantha Leach

Paapa Essiedu Is A Classically Trained Charmer

In The Effect — Essiedu’s buzziest role since I May Destroy You — the British actor brought Shakespearean precision to a very messy romance.

By Samantha Leach

Stepping Out

Dolly Alderton Gives It To You Straight

The Good Material author reveals her theories about love, friendship, and at-home martinis.

By Samantha Leach

Om Nom Nom

If You Don’t Bite Your Partner, Do You Even Love Them?

Behind closed doors, everyone’s chomping down.

By Samantha Leach

Entertainment

Lindsay’s Glorious Return

Lindsay Lohan is back. She’s bringing the peace she’s found — abroad and in marriage and motherhood — with her.

By Samantha Leach

Bustle Book Club

Emmeline Clein’s Debut Book Takes A Critical Look At Y2K Pop Culture

In Dead Weight, she unpacks how disordered eating was the norm in many of the mainstream hits.

By Samantha Leach

The Hostess With The Mostest

If Gabriella Khalil Builds It, The Stars Will Come

The hotelier behind the celebrity-approved Palm Heights builds buzz like no one else.

By Samantha Leach

Books

The Books It Girls Are Actually Reading

Step aside, literary fiction. A new genre has rolled into town, and it’s earning fans in high-fashion places.

By Samantha Leach

Bustle Book Club

The Author Of 'Such A Fun Age' Is Back With Another Page-Turner

For Kiley Reid’s second novel, she brings readers to a college dorm room.

By Samantha Leach

Locker Room Talk

Soft Jocks Take The Field

A new crop of athletes are choosing to forgo alpha-maledom and instead embrace sensibilities their teammates might once have decried as “beta.”

By Samantha Leach

Bustle Book Club

With 'The Fury,' Alex Michaelides Learned To Let Go

The celebrated author of The Silent Patient and The Maidens found a new way of working.

By Samantha Leach