Ashley Zais

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Ashley Zais
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Ashley Derham Zais
(1987-03-12) March 12, 1987 (age 28)
Fort Lewis, Washington
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Blue
Title(s) Miss South Carolina USA 2007
Miss USA 2007 (Top 15)

Ashley Derham Zais (born March 12, 1987 in Fort Lewis, Washington) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Newberry, South Carolina. She competed in the Miss USA pageant in 2007 and the Miss South Carolina Teen USA pageants from 2002–2003, making the semi-finals of the 2003 event and placing first runner-up at Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2004. In 2005 she competed in the Miss South Carolina USA pageant for the first time and in 2006 won the 2007 title. She was crowned by outgoing titleholder Lacie Lybrand of Lexington. Her sister titleholder was Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2007.

Zais represented South Carolina in the nationally televised Miss USA 2007 pageant which was broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 23, 2007 and placed in the top 15.

Zais graduated from Wofford College with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in religion.[1] She was a recipient of the Palmetto Fellowship for academic excellence. Her professional modelling career has taken her to Tokyo, Japan. Her father, Dr. Mitchell M. "Mick" Zais, a retired Brigadier General in the United States Army, was the president of Newberry College and was elected to the position of South Carolina State Superintendent of Education in 2010.[2]

In 2008, Zais served as the Summer Intern coordinator for the John McCain presidential campaign.[3][4] After the election she took a job with the Decisive Analytics Corporation in Arlington, Virginia.

Ashley married former John McCain presidential campaign staffer Michael Culhane Harper, an attorney at Jones Day, on April 17, 2010. The couple currently lives in São Paulo, Brazil, where they welcomed their first child, Culhane McGeever Harper, on July 7, 2013.[5]


  1. ^ "Wofford senior Ashley Zais crowned Miss South Carolina USA 2007" (Press release). Wofford College. 2006-11-22. 
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  3. ^ "McCain camp hires beauty queen". Politico. 2008-04-21. 
  4. ^ "McCain Internships". 
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Preceded by
Lacie Lybrand
Miss South Carolina USA
Succeeded by
Jamie Hill
RPM Productions
Titleholders 2007
Miss Louisiana USA
Elizabeth McNulty
Miss Louisiana Teen USA
Logan Travis
Miss North Carolina USA
Erin O'Kelley
Miss North Carolina Teen USA
Katie Coble
Miss South Carolina USA
Ashley Zais
Miss South Carolina Teen USA
Caitlin Upton