Lil Kim gave fans a wonderful gift over the Christmas holiday — a picture of herself.

The rap vixen released, through her Twitter account, a promotional photo in support of her anticipated return in 2012. “Hey Guys!!! I have a little Gift for U. A little preview of what’s to come. Merry Christmas!!!!!” she excitingly tweeted with the pic.

The image, which was photographed by Michael Antonio, features a long blonde-haired Kim dressed in an all-black leotard with furry puffs and showing off her slender legs. We couldn’t ignore how svelte and stylish the Queen Bee looks in her red bottom shoes. Her entire outfit resembles that of a black miniature poodle at a dog show, but we are not hating it. “I Love U all!!!! I’m Coming!!!!,” Kim stated on Twitter.

Lil Kim had a few ups and downs in 2011. During the summer, she was featured on Monica‘s banging track ‘Anything (To Find You)‘ before she was removed from the song at the behest of Notorious B.I.G.‘s mother, Volette Wallace.

Then it was discovered that Kim had joined the roster of Universal Music Group, the same parent company as her rap rival Nicki Minaj. This could explain why Minaj is so relentless in her ongoing attack on Kim with her latest single, ‘Stupid Hoe.’

According to Rap-Up, Kim is planning to drop an five-song EP during the holidays. Well, it appears that’s not going to happen, but we are still glad Kim is poised to drop some new music next year. So it’s safe to say that reports of Lil Kim’s demise were completely exaggerated. The Queen Bee is back! Look out for her stinger in 2012.

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