Editor in ChiefMaria Elena Viola
Former editorsMarina Fausti
PublisherHearst Magazines Italia
Year founded1937
First issue7 March 1937
Final issue2018
CompanyHearst Magazines
Based inMilan

Gioia (Italian: Joy) was an Italian language weekly fashion and women's magazine published in Milan, Italy, between 1937 and 2018.

History and profile

Gioia was first published on 7 March 1937.[1][2] Its owner and publisher was Rusconi Editore S.p.A.[3] The owner of the company was Edilio Rusconi, an Italian journalist, writer, publisher and film producer.[4] The company acquired the magazine in 1954 and first published it under the name Rusconi A Polazzi Editore in December 1956.[3] The company was the founder and owner of news magazine Gente.[4][5]

In February 1999 Hachette Filipacchi Médias, a subsidiary of Lagardère SCA, bought majority stake (90%) of Rusconi Group, the owner of Rusconi Editore S.p.A.[5] Then Gioia began to be published by Hachette Rusconi.[6][7] In 2011 Hearst Magazines acquired it from Hachette Rusconi.[6][8] Following the acquisition Hachette Rusconi changed its name to Hearst Magazines Italia.[6]

Gioia was published weekly by Hearst Magazines Italia.[9][10] The headquarters of the weekly was in Milan.[10][11] The magazine covered articles about beauty, fashion and health.[12] Its target audience was middle-class women over 30.[12]

From 2002 to 2006 Marina Fausti served as the co-editor-in-chief of Gioia.[13] Maria Elena Viola also served in the post.[12]

The weekly was redesigned in June 2013.[12] The website was relaunched in July 2015.[14] In 2018 Gioia ceased publication.[15]


Gioia sold 403,246 copies in 1984.[16] Its circulation was 197,000 copies in 2007.[17]

See also


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  2. ^ Paolo Puppa; Luca Somigli, eds. (2006). Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies. New York; London: Routledge. p. 979. ISBN 978-1-135-45529-3.
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  6. ^ a b c "Hearst completa l'acquisizione di Hachette Rusconi". Franco Abruzzo (in Italian). Milan. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  7. ^ Maria Lombardo (2009). "Italia: i pericoli dell'omologazione". In Maria Lombardo (ed.). Giornali d'Europa (in Italian). Catania: editpress. p. 33. ISBN 978-88-89726-30-3.
  8. ^ Daniele Lepido (6 July 2011). "Il gruppo Hearst fa shopping nei periodici italiani". Il Sole 24 Ore (in Italian). Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Pubblicita". Hearst Magazines Italia. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  10. ^ a b "The Best Italian Fashion, Beauty and Style Magazines". Made in Italy. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Factsheet". Adnative. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d "New format for Gioia". Adnative. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Marina Faustina". Who's Who in Italy. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Hearst Magazines Italia presenta "Gioia, l'evoluzione di un femminile autentico" e lancia il nuovo". (in Italian). 15 July 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  15. ^ Caterina Varpi (3 September 2018). "Hearst chiude Gioia! e trasforma Elle in settimanale". Engage (in Italian). Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  16. ^ Maria Teresa Crisci. "Relationships between numbers of readers per copy and the characteristics of magazines" (PDF). Print and Digital Research Forum. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  17. ^ Anne Austin; et al. (2008). "Western Europe Market and Media Fact" (PDF). Zenith Optimedia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.