Rihanna returning to Instagram has been making headlines across the Internet for the past few days. As you probably remember, she was banned from the social network six months ago for posting provocative pics, but now that #badgalback she's wasting no time uploading sexy photos for her more than 12 million loyal followers. This morning she blessed us with some photos from a recent shoot with Elle magazine for its December issue, which she is also the cover girl for.

Rih looks amazing in the pics taken by photographer Paola Kudacki. She wears her signature dark lipstick for the cover photo but has minimal makeup for most of the other looks. She gave a special shoutout to Elle creative director Alex Gonzalez in one of her captions, thanking him for putting her and Kudacki "together for a concept like this."

The issue will be on stands in select cities on Nov. 11 and nationwide on Nov. 18. Take a look at the shots below, and be sure to follow Rihanna on Instagram for all her escapades. Welcome back Rih!

[via Elle]