Chi (magazine)

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Editor Alfonso Signorini
Categories Women's Entertainment Magazines
Frequency Weekly
First issue 3 March 1995; 20 years ago (1995-03-03)
Company Arnoldo Mondadori Editore
Country Italy
Based in Segrate, Milan
Language Italian
Website Chi

Chi (Italian for "Who") is an Italian weekly gossip magazine geared towards a female viewer-ship published in Milan, Italy.

History and profile[edit]

Chi was established in 1995.[1] The magazine, published weekly,[2] is based in Segrate, Milan, Italy and is published by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore.[3][4] The company is headed by Marina Berlusconi, Silvio Berlusconi’s older daughter.[2] Alfonso Signorini is the editor of the weekly.[3]

In 2004 the circulation of Chi was 524,482 copies.[5] It was 539,423 copies in 2005 and 524,400 copies in 2006.[5] The magazine had a circulation of 503,984 copies in 2007 and 467,921 copies in 2008.[5]

Photo of Princess Diana[edit]

The magazine came under criticism for publishing a picture of Princess Diana, taken as she was dying.[6] The photo, which is black-and-white, depicts Diana receiving oxygen in the wreckage of the vehicle in which she died on 31 August 1997. The picture, which was also run with black bars across the Princess's face in the British newspaper The Sun, was taken from the book Lady Diana : L'enquete criminelle by Jean-Michel Caradec'h.[7][8] Despite the criticism, the editor of the magazine has defended their decision to publish it.[6]

Photos of Kate Middleton[edit]

On 17 September 2012, the magazine published unauthorized photographs of Kate Middleton, the wife of Britain's Prince William. The photos were said to have featured 26 photos of Kate Middleton "in and out of a bikini" while specifically featuring three topless photos of her. The nude photos were to be on the cover of Chi magazine for the week of September 16, 2012 featuring a the caption "The Queen is Nude!".[9][10]

On 12 February 2013, it was widely reported that the magazine had obtained more unauthorized photographs of Kate Middleton, this time of her on a private holiday in the Caribbean whilst pregnant, and plans to publish them. St James's Palace condemned the magazine for infringing on the Duchess' privacy.[11] Indeed, the magazine did publish the photographs the following day.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chi. Italy". Mondadori. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Antonio Ciaglia; Marco Mazzoni (2014). "The politicization of entertainment media: A study of the Italian tabloid Chi during the 2013 electoral campaign". Journalism. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "The Best Italian Fashion, Beauty and Style Magazines". Made in Italy. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Eric Lyman (5 March 2014). "Italian publisher unveils magazine dedicated to Pope Francis". National Catholic Reporter (Rome). Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Dati Certificati 2008". Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Photos of dying Diana outrage Britain". CBS. 14 July 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2007. 
  7. ^ Jean-Michel Caradec'h (2006). Lady Diana: L'enquete criminelle. Neuilly-sur-Seine: Lafon. ISBN 9782749904795. OCLC 70874672. 
  8. ^ "Outrage: Italian magazine 'Chi' Princess Diana photos now online". The National Ledger. 15 July 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Chi Magazine Kate Middleton Topless Photos". Gossip Cop. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Kate and William take legal action as Italian magazine 'Chi' defends publication of 'natural' photographs. The Independent.
  11. ^ "Kate bikini photos published by Chi magazine in Italy". BBC News. 13 February 2013. 

External links[edit]

Official website