Alex Borstein, an actress currently in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, wrote about being smart and spunky in the December 2019 issue of InStyle. I don't know much about her — haven't watched TMMM — but I responded strongly to her view of her own power, need to speak up and out for herself, and realization that smarts would outlast physical beauty. She says, "I am not without fear, but I am bold. I take chances, not risks. Chance carries with it hope and possibility." I love that!
BONUS LINK: Alex Borstein interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air