"I don’t sweat, I sparkle” (or “I don’t sweat, I glisten/glow") has been printed on many gift items, such as T-shirts, posters and gym bags. “I don’t sweat, I sparkle” has been cited in print since at least May-June 2011 and is the popular modern form of the saying.
“Ladies don’t sweat — they glow” was cited in print in 1941. “Ladies don’t sweat, they glisten” was cited in print in 1985.
Out of the Frying Pan:
A Comedy in Three Acts
By Francis Swann
New York, NY: Samuel French
DOTTIE. Ladies don’t sweat — they glow.
Purpose and Place;
Essays on American Writers
By Douglas Grant
London: Macmillan; New York: St Martin’s Press
Had the magnificent creature been white Mark Twain would have felt compelled to describe her in the tone of ‘ladies don’t sweat, they glow’.
15 January 1978, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), “Dee is ‘What’s Happening!!’” by Benjamin Morrison, TV Focus, pg. 24, col. 2:
“You know, ladies don’t sweat, they glow and I’ve been working hard.”
25 June 1980, Omaha (NE) World-Herald, “Fastest Female Miler Takes the Pain in Stride” by Alan Greenberg, pg. 3-J, col. 5:
Dick: Little girls don’t sweat. They glow.
Google News Archive
26 March 1982, Windsor (Ontario) Star, “Hemingway glows in Personal Best” by John Laycock, pg. B1, col. 2:
Women don’t sweat; they glow — at least at the movies.
Traditionally, any moisture staining the female form on screen was undignified, or compromising, or a voluntary sacrifice to save the family farm. Perspiration was the polite word, but movies preferred not to speak even it.
The Methuselah Manual:
The 3% formula for staying young, healthy, and sexy
By David C. Gardner and Grace Joely Beatty
Windham, NH: American Training and Research Associates
As a child I paid special attention to my mother’s statement that ladies don’t sweat, they glisten, and have studiously avoided all activities that produced anything faintly resembling sweat.
The Insider’s Guide to Health Clubs
By Maury Z. Levy and Jay Shafran
New York, NY: Fawcett Columbine
WHY YOU SWEAT
What’s that you say — women don’t sweat, they glow? Listen pal, sweat is a mixture of water, body salts, and acidic waste products. Glow that. Sweat is your body’s natural air-conditioning system.
4 January 1986, Atlanta (GA) -Constitution, “Mr. Personality,” pg. I22:
“And Ella said, `Pearl, I have you know I don’t sweat, I glisten.’ Pearl said, ‘All right, honey, you’re glistening like a pig.’”
Google News Archive
23 July 1995, Allegheny Times (Allegheny County, PA), “Excessive perspiration problem is the pits” by Jeff O’Brien, Sunday Times Magazine, pg. 3, col. 3:
Women don’t sweat. I know you’ve heard. They glisten. Well then, I don’t sweat either. I leak.
Google News Archive
Honey Does My Butt Make These Pants Look Big?
By Rebel Lowrey Covan
Pensacola, FL : Dockside Publications
And to heck with the old saying, “Southern women don’t sweat, they glow (or glisten, depending on what version you’re hearing at the time).” Honey, I sweatl And I get really angry when I’m “glowing.” It’s like a never-ending hot flash.
By Jamon Miller
New York, NY: iUniverse
“I don’t sweat!” I said, holding him, “I glisten!”
Dec 17 07 07:45 pm
“I don’t sweat, I glisten.”
May. 29, 2009, 03:47 PM
I don’t sweat, I glisten.
I would like to think I sparkle.
15 May 2011, Sacramento (CA) Bee, “Cycle Chic—style over speed,” pg. I1:
And here, on the (4-inch) heels of the last, came another: “I don’t sweat on the bike; I sparkle.” She was talking about the practicalities of “cycling chic” and how it’s not only acceptable but “fabulous” to dress to the nines while heading to a fancy dinner or just going around town running errands.
i don’t sweat, i sparkle. http://tumblr.com/xh62vhtw58
1:12 PM - 6 Jun 11
August 22, 2012 2:09 pm
I like the saying “I don’t sweat, I sparkle”
The Huffington Post
5 Fitness Quotes That Are The Absolute Worst
Posted: 07/19/2013 8:36 am EDT
“I DON’T SWEAT, I SPARKLE.”
Actually, sweating is kind of the point.
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