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Q&A with Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

What's the hardest lesson you've learned so far?
"To be OK with making myself vulnerable in order to make the change that I know is important."

What's a fact about yourself that will surprise people?
"I get my makeup tips from RuPaul. I watch his 'Drag Race' show in freeze frame so I can get good tips."

What do you do to relax?
"I love hanging out with my family and friends and going out to dinner, since I don't relish cooking at all. I particularly enjoy when I get to hang out with my mom and my daughter, the three of us."

Your (other) dream job would be …
"I have my dream job, but if I wasn't mayor or an attorney I'd like to work with the Center for Urban Families. They help transform lives and I would love to teach the life skills that lead to success."

What's on your play list?
" 'Love on Top,' by Beyonce. Michael Jackson, 'Can You Feel It?' Old school Doug E. Fresh, 'The Show.' And I have to add the cup song (Anna Kendrick's 'Cups'), because that's what my daughter listens to."

What is your favorite book?
"I don't have an all-time favorite, but the first one I downloaded from the Enoch Pratt Free Library was 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.' That was powerful."

What's your favorite vacation destination?
"I like a staycation. Coldspring pool, cheese fries, with my family."

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